The ONLY sustainable Red King Crab Fishery in the World
This precious Alaskan resource is strictly monitored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) using a sustainable-yield principle. The Crab Broker follows their sustainability requirements throughout the entire process from its on shore-base plant in Dutch Harbor.
Fish, forests, wildlife, grasslands and all other replenishable resources belonging to the State shall be utilized, developed and maintained on the sustainable yield principle. Alaska State Constitution Article 8. January 3, 1959.
- ADF&G never allows more then 15 percent of the legal size male crab in the biomass to be harvested. Not 15 percent of the male crab and not 15 percent of the entire biomass, but 15 percent of the LEGAL SIZED MALE crab.
- ADF&G also requires that one panel of mesh on every crab pot be tied with biodegradable twine so that in the event the pot is lost while crabbing the twine will rot, the panel will drop and all of the Crab will walk out unharmed.
- Alaska is exclusively a male only crab fishery with a minimum 6.5” carapace measurement. Any crab that measures less than 6.5” must be returned to the sea. This measurement requirement ensures that the Crab has spawned at least two times since reaching sexual maturity.
- It is illegal to retain a juvenile or female Crab in Alaska.
Russian fisheries use fishing gear with mesh sizes smaller than legal Snow Crab mesh in Alaska to intentionally retain every single crab regardless of sex and size. Small mesh insures that small crab cannot escape the pot.
In Norway, the law requires that EVERY crab harvested must be retained regardless of sex and size.
Numbers Don't Lie!
Are You Actually Getting Alaska Red King Crab?
Consumption of King Crab in the USA exceeds 40 million pounds per year of finished product.
In the past ten years, the quota for Alaska Red King Crab has averaged 14.5 million pounds of LIVE crab. In the past three years it has averaged 8 million pounds. If every single pound was processed into clusters with an estimated recovery percentage of 64 percent (from live crab to frozen cooked clusters), the total pounds of clusters would be 5.1 million.
Japan - the biggest customer for Alaska Red King Crab - bought approximately 3.3 million pounds (65 percent of the total 5.1 million pounds processed). This leaves a balance of 1.8 million pounds for the rest of the world, not just the U.S. market. Subtract an additional 500,000 pounds that The Crab Broker purchased and the total is reduced to 1.3 million pounds.
With yearly U.S. consumption of 40 million pounds that means that Alaska Red King Crab is supplying less than 4 percent of U.S. usage. Pretty amazing that the majority of Crab supplied to the U.S. is substandard offshore product.