Product #: 55030CS
Scientific Name: Portunus pelagicus
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Blue swimming crab, Portunus pelagicus, is found throughout southeast Asia. It is a cousin of the blue crab found in the Atlantic Ocean. The meat has a slightly different flavor profile and much larger lumps. It is not quite as sweet as domestic, but is firm and has an excellent plate appearance.
Blue swimming crabs are found throughout the Indian and western Pacific Oceans from the Red Sea to Tahiti.
Philippines crab fisheries are not currently sustainable, but through partnerships with U.S. crab importers and the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, the fisheries are moving the right direction. At the invitation of the Philippines Association of Crab Processors, the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has implemented a Fishery Improvement Project, which if carried through to completion by the fishing and processing industries, should make the fishery sustainable. Not enough is known about the current stock status of crab populations, but what little data there are suggest that populations are overfished and experiencing overfishing. Fishery management occurs at the local level, thus can vary greatly from region to region, and enforcement of regulations is poor. Gillnet and pot are the most commonly used legal gears. Trawls and seines are prohibited due to negative environmental impacts but this prohibition is not well enforced. A great number of Marine Protected Areas have been implemented, but again, enforcement is poor. Bycatch is very high in gillnet fisheries, which also entangle and kill the highly endangered Irrawaddy dolphin. Conversely bycatch is very low in pot fisheries. Little is known about bycatch in the prohibited gears.
One pound can.
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