Myers and Company has extensive experience in handling accidents on the high seas, including all types of cases involving maritime, admiralty and Jones Act laws. The first crabbing season with rules to to increase profits and safety while decreasing waste just ended. How did the new rules affect the crab fleet?
Opinions vary. According to the Seattle Times:
Some skippers say they took advantage of the new share system — where a slower harvest doesn’t mean a reduced catch — to stay in port during a season that produced some severe storms and freezing spray that can coat vessels with ice.
Other skippers say that they still faced pressure to work fast through horrible weather to meet delivery schedules from processors. The processors wanted to ship crabs in time to sell at market peaks, such as Christmas and New Year’s, and also wanted to limit the time period when plants would have to stay open.