Dungeness crab | Food and our planet | What you can do | David Suzuki Foundation
Photo: Dungeness crab

Before mating, Dungeness crabs embrace for several days in a face-to-face position. Mating can only occur after a female moults and therefore the lengthy cuddle is actually just a waiting game. Fertilized eggs remain attached to the female's abdomen for three to five months until they hatch.

Ask for:

Dungeness crab that is trap caught in Canada, California, Oregon and Washington.

Avoid:

Dungeness crab that is trap caught in Alaska or Atlantic Dungeness crab.

Cooking & nutrition:

Available live, freshly cooked, frozen or canned, this sweet and rich crab makes for a tasty treat any time of the year. Dungeness crab can be used in a variety of dishes, but is especially delicious when used in appetizers or pastas, or served on its own with butter.

Recipe:

Dungeness Crab Cakes

Fishery:

Harvested with traps, ring nets and even by hand using dip nets, this fishery harvests their catch with sustainable gear types. Carefully managed with size limits and trap restrictions, the Dungeness crab fishery is a best choice option when it comes to crab.

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