The 2008 stock assessment indicated that the stock has been exploited in a sustainable manner and has remained well above precautionary reference limits throughout the history of the fishery. The advised TAC (quota) for 2009 is 50,000 tonnes.
Red king crab
Outside 12 nautical miles in the Norwegian Economic Zone (except the Grey Zone), and inside 12 nautical miles west of 26°E, the goal is to eradicate the red king crab. Inside 12 nautical miles east of 26°E in Norwegian waters, and in the Russian part of the Barents Sea, the goal is to harvest the king crab sustainable. The harvest rate of the red king crab within the regulated fishing areas in both Norwegian and Russian waters is high, and it remains to see whether it is sustainable. Especially in Norwegian waters where both male and female crabs are caught, and there are no seasonal restrictions for catch. This management contradicts the basis for the management regimes applied in the Bering Sea (Alaska) and in the Russian part of the Barents Sea.