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Real Good Fish | Fish Species | | Fish Species | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
“If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.”
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
Rock Crab / Romaleon antennarium

Also known as the Pacific or California rock crab, this nocturnal crab has eleven teeth to either side of the eyestalks. It is found at depths of no more than 300 feet, but usually around 150 feet deep. Their habitat of choice is low rocky intertidal areas, where they bury under rocks or in kelp...

Also known as the Pacific or California rock crab, this nocturnal crab has eleven teeth to either side of the eyestalks. It is found at depths of no more than 300 feet, but usually around 150 feet deep. Their habitat of choice is low rocky intertidal areas, where they bury under rocks or in kelp beds. They are great scavengers, relying primarily on small bits and pieces from small fish and hermit crabs, which they capture by gradually chipping away at the edges of their shells until the hermit crab has nowhere else to go.

Spawning in California takes place between November and January, and they take about two full years to reach maturity. This crab is usually captured for its delicious claws.

Lifespan: 5-7 yrs

Size: 7 inches across back and 2-4 lbs

Distribution: Found in the bottom of the water column (benthic)

How fished: Traps

Why sustainable: Rock crab are a less targeted species off the Central Coast due to the prevalence of larger Dungeness crab, so fishing pressure is generally lower. Traps use to catch rock crab do not disturb habitat and have very low bycatch. Management is effective in that it allows for crabs to mature and mate several times before they can be legally caught.

MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Not rated

NOAA FishWatch Rating: Not rated

Nutrition: Good source of protein!

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