Dungeness crabs

Dungeness crabs

No other crab rivals the Dungeness crab’s sweet, delicate taste. Wild caught, only in the waters off the North Pacific coastline. The Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) is the largest edible crab on the west coast of Canada. It is a highly prized sport and commercial shellfish well familiar to people living along North America’s west coast.

In Canada, Dungeness crabs are fished year round, although the period from May to October tends to be the most fruitful for fishermen. Fisheries and Oceans Canada regulates the Dungeness crab fishery primarily through minimum catch size limitations-a way to protect male crabs until they become sexually mature, giving them the chance to spawn at least once before they are harvested. The department also restricts the harvesting of female crabs, closes fishing seasons to protect soft shell crabs when necessary, limits the number of fishing licenses, and regulates gear.