The Crabbroker has been in contact with the skippers we’ve come to know as the “Bad Boys of the Bering Sea”…The weather in the Bering sea started out as calm but is currently building up to 18-20 ft waves. The F/V Time Bandit will be fishing very late in the season this year and the F/V Cornelia Marie has a huge quota to fill. It seems as though Captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have already received their share of bruises, there’s details of the incidents on the “Bad Boys” website and here as well. Not to worry though, they’re definitely fishing and havent slowed down at all!
The Crabbroker is headed to Dutch Harbor, Alaska this coming week and would like all “Deadliest Catch” fans to know that if there’s any possibility at all of arranging a surprise for us to see while there, they will do it! We’ll stay tuned for that!
(Photo at left is courtesy of the Crabbroker and is an example of their tasty crab)
As in previous years, the Crabbroker is sponsoring a trip to Dutch Harbor that will be filled with crab fishing, processing, and crab feasts. This year there are 63 people travelling with the Crabbroker. They consist of chefs, media, and restaurant industry insiders who are decision makers within their field. One person is coming all the way from Germany just to experience Alaskan King crab.
While there are many interesting reasons why people from outside of Alaska might want to travel to Dutch Harbor and fish for King crab, the Crabbroker wants to make sure that food industry insiders understand the tremendous care that the Alaska Fish & Game, the fishermen, and others involved in the fishing process take, to ensure that the Alaskan fisheries remain very sustainable–it’s an educational experience in addition to being an adventure for those who take the trip. Many food industry workers only have experience with purchasing Russian king crab. It is the Crabbroker’s hope that after an eye opening experience such as this, more and more will come to understand that sustainability is much more important then the bottom price of illegally caught Russian crab. Even Alaska publications have taken notice of The Crabbroker’s mission. Laine Welch from Fish Factor writes….
The Anchorage-based Crab Broker is famous for its fresh, never-frozen king crab. The Broker is also gaining fame for its annual “Connoisseur Tours” that bring chefs and upscale retailers right to the crab grounds.
Rob George and Eric Donaldson began organizing the tours two years ago during king crab fisheries at Nome and Dutch Harbor.
“We really wanted to get them in touch with their ingredients, and gain an appreciation of the Alaska industry,” said Rob George, as he prepared to set off to Dutch Harbor with the biggest group ever.
“We have more than 60 people coming from as far away as Germany. Others are from the Lower 48 — chefs, upscale retail buyers, some media,” he said.
The group will spend three days in Dutch as the season’s first king crab is offloaded next week.
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