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Finally, the crab fishing months are here! For food lovers, this means delicious, fresh menu items. For anglers, this means open season for the shellfish closest to our hearts, crabs. Starting in October and typically running through January, crabbing is one of the most popular recreational fishing activities. Whether your targeting Dungeness crabs on the West Coast or targeting stone crabs or blue crabs on the East Coast, crabbing is an awesome activity for all fishermen.
Crabbing is a commercial business for some and an exciting family activity for others. At any rate, there are some important facts to know about crabs before going out on the hunt. Let’s take a look at some fun facts and tips about crabs to celebrate our Catch of the Week:
- The most popular methods of catching crabs are with hoop nets, crab pots, and loop traps
- The fatality rate of an Alaskan crab fisherman is nearly 80 times higher than the average worker
- Dungeness crab was named after a tiny fishing village in Washington State
- Stone crabs have the ability to regenerate claws, which is why crabbers remove only one claw and then return it to the water
- Do not eat a crab if it dies before it is cleaned, they release a poison throughout their body that taints the meat
- To lift a crab, grab its flipper (its last leg) so that it cannot pinch you
- Male blue crabs are called “jimmies” and female blue crabs are called “sooks”
- According to Seafood Watch, crabs are the “Best Choice” in terms of sustainable seafood
No matter what kind of crab you’re looking to catch, having background information is important for safety, especially considering fishing for Alaskan king crab has been labeled the most dangerous job in the nation. On behalf of the Salt Armour Team, good luck out there to all of our fellow crab catchers!