1 Billion Crabs Disappear: Alaska Cancels Snow Crab Season

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For the first time in the state’s history, winter snow crab season has been canceled by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) due to a sudden plunge in crab population in the Bering Sea.  While America’s seafood industry will suffer a major blow, scientists are investigating the disappearance of an estimated one billion crabs over two years. “Disease is one possibility,” said ADF&G researcher Ben Daly, who monitors the health of the state’s fisheries.  A Kodiak Island fishing business owner asks, “Did they run up north to get that colder water?”