Snow crab is in season, but prices at the Tsukiji wholesale market in early December were 30 to 50 percent higher than last year, as rough weather in the Sea of Japan has reduced landings.

Mature male snow crab landed on the San-in coast of Japan (Southwest Honshu Island from Yamaguchi to Hyogo prefectures) is branded as “Matsuba-gani” and fetches a high price due to its full meat, about JPY 10,000 (about USD 97, EUR 70) per kilogram (kg) at Tsukiji in Tokyo. “Echizen crabs,” as snow cr…