Norway crab a complicated delicacy

Introduced to Norwegian waters by Russian scientists in the 1960s, the red king or “kamtsjatka” crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus) is an animal that is coveted and cursed with near equal fervor by the country’s small population.

Global demand for the delicacy is high and it has proved a lucrative harvest for Norwegian fishermen in the Finnmark region over the last decade. However, the crabs, which grow to sizes of 8 kilograms with shield widths of 50 centimeters, have decimated sea beds and …

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