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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
Dungeness Crab / Metacarcinus magister

 

Dungeness crabs molt, or shed their shells, between May and August and mating occurs immediately after the female has molted and before the new exoskeleton hardens. A chivalrous crustacean, the male Dungeness crab embraces the female for several days before mating. The commerical season runs...

 

Dungeness crabs molt, or shed their shells, between May and August and mating occurs immediately after the female has molted and before the new exoskeleton hardens. A chivalrous crustacean, the male Dungeness crab embraces the female for several days before mating. The commerical season runs from late fall through the early summer, pausing in the warmest months to avoid this sensitive spawning period.

 The dungeness crab fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington accounts for more than $150 million annually, making it approximately one quarter of the value of the entire Pacific coast fishing industry. Much of that value is caught in the first few months of the season, and prices are highest around the new year.


Cooking Tips:
 Crab cakes, cioppino, and crab ravioli are all perfect with Dungeness crab. We deliver crab pre-cooked so it is ready to eat right when you get it.

Catch Method: Traps aka "pots"

Sustainability: Dungeness crab populations on the West Coast are stable and the fishery is extremely well-managed. Fishing seasons are scheduled to avoid crabs’ primary molting season, and size regulations ensure that female and undersized crabs are not retained and allowed to mate. Also, crab traps have very low amounts of bycatch.

>MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Good Alternative

>NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: N/A

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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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Spot Prawn/Pandalus platyceros

 

Spot prawns are actually a large shrimp. The fishery originated in the early 1930's in Monterey when they were caught incidentally in octopus traps. It was a minor fishery until the early 1970's, when trawl fishing for them began. In 1974, trawl fishermen fishing out of Santa Barbara caught...

 

Spot prawns are actually a large shrimp. The fishery originated in the early 1930's in Monterey when they were caught incidentally in octopus traps. It was a minor fishery until the early 1970's, when trawl fishing for them began. In 1974, trawl fishermen fishing out of Santa Barbara caught over 182,000 pounds of spot prawns, and trawl landings steadily grew as more fishermen entered the fishery and new areas were explored, reaching a peak of more than 375,000 pounds in 1981. After that, landings fell drastically, causing intermittent closures of the fishery to allow for population recovery. In 2003, the California Fish and Game Commission banned the practice of trawling for prawns, citing concerns about damage to the sea floor and the high bycatch. Today, the majority of spot prawns are caught in Southern California. Trapping spot prawns is considered a sustainable, low environmental impact fishing method, and the pots themselves help protect the fishery. Each is assembled by hand with careful construction that enables prawns smaller than one inch to escape and reach maturity. 

MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Good Alternative

NOAA Fishwatch Rating: Not rated

Nutrition: Nutrition (per 100g): Protein 21.6g; Calories 100.8; Total Fat 1.2g 

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