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King crab

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
Avoid
Bycatch
Informatie over vissoort
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General

Lobsters and crayfish

Lobsters live in saltwater whilst crayfish live in freshwater habitats. Lobsters and crayfish are most often caught using pots or traps. Most lobsters are equipped with ten legs and two scissors as front legs. With these scissors, they are able to grab, cut or crack their food. Did you know lobsters and crayfish, just lie snakes, change their skin because their shell does not grow with their bodies? After changing their shell the animal grows fast and increases in weight.

There are many different lobster species. Most common are the American lobster in the north-western Atlantic ocean, and the European lobster in the north-eastern Atlantic ocean. Lobsters have a relatively slow growth rate and reach sexual maturity at a late age. Another frequently consumed lobster is the Norway lobster. This species is way smaller than the American and European lobster. This species occurs in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean and parts of the Mediterranean sea.

 

 

King crab

The king crab, or red king crab, is one of the largest crab species in the world. When including its legs, this species can reach a wing span of over 2 metres. This species can be found in the colder waters surrounding the North Pole. Originally, the king crab is native to the Bering Sea but was introduced in the Barents Sea by Stalin to stimulate the fishery in this area. From there, the species has expanded its distribution range both east- and westwards. In Norway, there is a fishery that specifically targets king crab, as it is regarded as a delicacy.  

 

 

King crab

Paralithodes camtschaticus
Origin

Pacific Ocean, north-east (FAO 67)

Farming- / Catch method

Pots and traps

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

Most stocks of king crab in Alaska are doing well. Fishing pressure is not too high and the management is effective.

The fishery with cages does not cause damage to the seabed and there are appointed protected areas. Bycatch of dead crabs and other species is high.

 

King crab

Paralithodes camtschaticus
Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: Barents sea

Farming- / Catch method

Pots and traps

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Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

King crab is an exotic species in this area and damages the ecosystems. So it is good to eat this crab.

The fishing with cages causes little damage to the seabed and has little bycatch.

 

 

ASC label

Fish with the ASC label is farmed in a sustainable manner.

MSC label

Fish with the MSC label is caught sustainably.

Good fish

This fish is not being overfished or is being responsibly farmed, with minimal impact on the environment.

Second choice

This fish is a second choice. There are still some improvements to be made in this fishery or fish farm.

Avoid

Do not buy this fish. It's being overfished or the way it's farmed or caught has a negative impact on the environment.

By-catch

This fish is unwillingly caught while fishing for a different species. They are underused and should be eaten more.

GlobalG.A.P.

GlobalG.A.P. certified farms are doing a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability. A few species with this label are getting a better score on the VISwijzer.

Organic

Organic standards are the strictest when it comes to fish feed. They also require certain measures for animal well-being.

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