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Wild Alaska King CrabThe boys in my house love to watch the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. I watch the show, but I shudder at the magnitude of the job and the task at hand.

We lived in Anchorage a few years ago and I vividly remember watching the show one January evening. 

The wind was howling, and the snow was piling up outside our windows.  The outdoor temps must have hovered around 10 degrees, and I was still chilled from picking the kids up from ice skating that day.

As I watched the crab crews pull their pots and battle the elements on that episode of Deadliest Catch, I gained an understanding of just how hard their job truly is. To be honest, the feeling was rather surreal for me. 

 I’ve cooked Alaskan King crab many times since that cold dark night four years ago, so when I found yesterday’s article in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, I decided to feature it here.  The article, which was written by Louis Garcia, notes that the snow crab season is set to launch by the middle of January and will wrap up some time in the spring.   The quotas are  lower this year for a variety of reason.

I can find fresh and frozen Alaska King Crab easily here in Seattle, but I haven’t seen a lot of snow, or opilio, crab in these parts. Curious, I decided to email Forrest Bowers.  Based in Dutch Harbor and quoted in the article, Bowers is the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island Area Management Biologist. I asked him  to explain the difference between the two species and to please tell me where the snow crab is generally distributed.

He replied via email stating that live weight snow crabs average 1.1 to 1.4 pounds and are significantly smaller than  Bristol Bay king crabs which average about 6 to 7 pounds.  Snow crabs have four pairs of legs and a pair of claws, while king crabs have merely three pairs of legs and a set of claws. 

 Bowers clarified that he wasn’t an expert on market distribution, but mentioned  that the snow crabs often go to Japan.  Here in the US, the snow crabs generally land in family style seafood spots such as Red Lobster.  The king crabs, he explained, head for the high end white tablecloth markets.

One Response to “Alaska’s King and Snow Crab Seasons”

  1. Sue Massey

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

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