Virginia SeafoodWild. Sustainable. Available. Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Instagram! Join us on LinkedIn! Follow us on Twitter!

ConsumersThe TradeNewsFestivalsDive-Inspotlight: Chesapeake Rayspotlight: Deep Sea Red Crab

Fact Sheets
Load PDF and Print This Page

Blue Catfish
Market Forms Certified as sustainable by The Marine Stewardship Council the Atlantic deep sea red crab has a brilliant orange smooth shell. Products include live, whole frozen (cooked or raw) fresh and frozen clusters, leg meat, body meat, cocktail claw fingers and snap and eat claws.
Size Average size is 1-2 lbs. or 5 to 7 inches (12.5cm-17.5cm) across the back of the shell.
Taste/Texture It has a sweet taste that has been compared to snow crab. The meat is very white and has a distinct red pigment on the outside like a lobster.
Seasonality Available Year Round
Nutritional Value 53 Calories (3oz/85g)
18g Protein
0.5g Fat
62mg Cholesterol
Calories from fat: 0
Calcium: 5%
Iron: 3%
Sodium: 360mg
Habitat Because these crabs are caught at a depth of 2,000 feet, the water temperature stays at a constant 38°, which assures their quality.
Harvesting Red crabs are harvested off the continental shelf, from North Carolina to the Canadian line. The crabs are caught in large conical shaped traps that are left in the water for 24 hours at a time. The crabs are brought dockside live. The fishery is strictly managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service with an annual quota of 3.95 million pounds.
Safety/Quality Virginia's waters and products are regulated by federal and state agencies including the FDA, the Virginia Department of Health, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, insuring that only safe wholesome seafood reaches our customers.
Wild. Available. Sustainable. Virginia Seafood.