"How do you set your price when you don’t know if it’s going to be $12 a pound or $37 a pound?" says Togue Brawn of Downeast Dayboat.
The new focus on farming the spiny blobs could also help with kelp recovery, an essential part of Pacific coastal habitats.
The seafood industry has long relied on the export market and food service to keep it afloat.
Tariffs always come with a catch.
The organization considers fishermen's working conditions when allowing its label on products.
Lee van der Voo wrote about the 'catch share' system in her book 'The Fish Market.'
Some fishermen are catching the coveted seafood in the name of science.