TV crab boat captain warns of shortage on Japan market
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The captain of an Alaskan crab boat featured in a popular TV series told lawmakers on Friday that the United States (US) government shutdown may cause a shortage of US king crab in Japan.
"If the Japanese buyers don't have Alaskan product on hand for the New Year's holiday, they will source their crab from Russia," Wizard captain Keith Colburn told the Senate Commerce Committee.
"If the crab isn't caught, processed, and shipped out of Alaska by the second week in November, we stand to lose access to that market." Mr Colburn's boat is featured on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch reality show.
Alaska's seafood industry contributed US$4.6 billion (S$5.7 billion) to the state's economic output, according to a 2011 report by the Marine Conservation Alliance.