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Alaska Dungeness Crab

Metacarcinus magister (Cancer magister)

Dungeness crab is a perennial West Coast favorite, loved for its large size and delicate, sweet flavor. Harvested all along the Pacific Coast – from California north to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands—the flavorful Dungeness crab grows to between 2 and 3 pounds on average. It boasts a bright orange shell when cooked, and offers a tender, delicious crabmeat that’s both lean and healthy.

Benefits and Nutrition

Alaska Dungeness crab is loaded with complete protein, with each 3-ounce serving to provide 19g of this essential nutrient. It also supplies ample quantities (335 mg) of marine omega-3 fatty acids. It provides more than the daily value established for vitamin B-12, which helps prevent anemia, reduces the risk of macular degeneration, prevents neuron loss, supports bone loss, prevents osteoporosis, and supports healthy skin, hair, and nails.



Like all fisheries in Alaska, maintaining crab stocks and protecting the ecosystems where they live is the highest priority for fishery managers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game manages the fishery by regulating the size and sex of the crab and the season when it can be caught. Only male crab over 6.5 inches are allowed and the fishery is closed during the molting and mating seasons.

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