Japan domestic snow crab catch down, prices up

The season for snow crab began in the main crabbing area of the Sea of Japan on 6 November, kicking off the winter crab hotpot season.

Off Toyama, which has a soft muddy bottom, crabs are taken by dragnet. “Kanibiru” that appear on the shells of the crabs are the eggs of a leech-like parasite. As the local sea bottom has few rocks, crab shells are one the few available hard surfaces to which they can attach their eggs. Thus, authentic Sea of Japan crabs are more likely to have them, and the…

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