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Crab, Snow

Chionoecetes opilio

snow crab

Snow crab thrive in the icy-cold, pristine waters of Atlantic Canada. With a hard shell encasing sweet, succulent meat, these snow crab are prized around the world. Independent harvesters often travel as far as 400 kilometres offshore, in sometimes wild and unpredictable weather conditions, to catch this deep water crab. Processors use state-of-the-art freezing and processing technology to preserve the flavour, colour, and nutritional value of the snow crab from the moment it's caught. It comes packaged in a wide selection of products and sizes, frozen and glazed for consistent quality.

Availability

Harvested April to August. Product available year-round.

Product Forms

Frozen cooked (whole, sections/clusters, leg or combo meat, claws, claws/knuckles, snap and eat, legs and claws)
Frozen raw (whole, bodies, sections/clusters, legs, claws)
Value added (shells, concentrated water)

Sustainability and Certifications

Skilled fishers capture the crab in pots, harvesting only prime quality males that meet or exceed the minimum catch size. Females are returned to the water, ensuring a sustainable fishery.​ All exporters are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Going to great lengths

Independent harvesters often travel as far as 250 miles offshore, in sometimes wild and unpredictable weather conditions, to catch this deep water crab. Skilled fishers capture the crab in pots, harvesting only prime quality males that meet or exceed the minimum catch size. Females are returned to the water, ensuring a sustainable fishery.

Catch Range

Northwest Atlantic (FAO 21)

Nutrition

Calories87
Fat0.7 g
Saturated0.1 g
Cholesterol68 mg
Sodium390 mg
Carbohydrates< 0.1 g
Protein20 g
Calcium45 mg
Potassium246 mg
Iron0.3 mg
per 100 grams

Health Benefits

Snow crab is high in protein and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids.

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