Alaska crabs given “Best Choice” rating by Seafood Watch

Published on
March 4, 2016

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch released new recommendations giving crab fisheries in the Eastern Bering Sea an upgraded rating.

Bristol Bay Red King (Paralithoides camtschaticus) crab caught in the Eastern Bering Sea are now rated a “Best Choice” by Seafood Watch. With the updated recommendation, all of the major crab fisheries in the Eastern Bering Sea have obtained the Seafood Watch “Best Choice” rating, including , including two species of Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio and C. bairdi) and Blue King crab from St. Matthews Island (P. platypus).

“We hope that consumers, retailers, and those in the food service industry will use these recommendations to make informed purchasing decisions and demand King and Snow crab from Alaska,” said Ruth Christiansen, a science and policy analyst for Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a nonprofit seafood industry trade organization.

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