Fresh, Wild Domestic Blue Crab

Fresh, Wild Domestic Blue Crab

While North Carolina crab fisheries operate year round, we are currently in the middle of peak season for wild, domestic blue crab. The blue crab supports North Carolina's largest commercial fishery in terms of landings and economic value and accounts for nearly one-third of domestic blue crab product.

Seattle Fish Company's blue crab product is fished using traditional crab pots in the Outer Banks area of the North Carolina, near the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The product is hand-picked seven days a week and once it is caught, it is brought live to the processing area where it is pressure steamed. The meat is unpasteurized, resulting in a superior taste. The product is packed in 1lb containers and tends to have a short shelf life.

The management goal for North Carolina fisheries is to maintain catch at maximum sustainable yield. Measures currently in place include:

  • Licences (commercial; limited recreational)
  • Minimum 5-inch size limit on male hard crabs and immature female hard crabs
  • Gear requirements (including mandated use of escape devices)
  • Seasonal and area closures to protect habitat and juveniles
  • The use of trawl nets, seince nets, dredges and any other mechanical methods used to take clams and oysters is probibited in areas designated as Primary Nursery Areas
  • Managers have afforded various protections to almost 150,000 acres of wetlands and marshes
  • Catch reporting is mandatory

For more information about Seattle Fish Company’s blue crab product, please contact a sales associate at 303-329-9595 or sales@seattlefish.com.


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