Norwegian Fjord King Crab Legs, Large

Norwegian Fjord King Crab Legs, Large

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Our Norwegian King Crab is landed in Bugøynes, Norway, 310 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the coast of Varangerfjord.  With a population of fewer than 3... read more
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Our Norwegian King Crab is landed in Bugøynes, Norway, 310 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the coast of Varangerfjord.  With a population of fewer than 300 people, the community is now dependent on the king crab fishery for their livelihood. These fishermen, and residents of this remote coastal community, who were once dependent on cod and haddock, are now dependent on the invasive species that is partially responsible for their traditional fisheries decline.
The fishermen of Varangerfjord place pots 11 months out of the year, with their peak season running from June through to the end of March. How many crabs they can catch is regulated by a quota set by the government each year. Every few days, fishermen check herring- and mackerel-baited pots that can trap up to 50 large crabs at a time before returning to shore to sell their catch.
Each small boat can land two or three tonnes of crab in two or three weeks maximum.

Physical Attributes

The name Red King Crab is more for the color of the crab once cooked rather than the color of the crab while alive.

They have 5 pairs of legs and the right claw is usually larger than the left.

Males grow larger than females and their sex is determined by examining their abdomens. Male red king crabs have a narrow abdominal flap whereas female red king crabs have a wide abdominal flap that covers most of the underside of the abdomen.

Juvenile crabs usually molt several times per year while adult males will often skip a molt and keep the same carapace for 2 to 3 years.  Females need to molt in order to mate. Red King Crab thrive in temperatures in the 4-6C (39.2-42.8F) range.

The Red King Crab has earned its spot on the top of the marine food chain as it crawls along the seafloor feasting on starfish, worms, sea cucumbers, mollusks, and fish. These crabs have no real natural predators in the Barents Sea. Here, humans are its top predator. In their original waters, Red King Crab is prey to Pacific halibut, giant Pacific octopus, Pacific cod, sea otters, and other crabs.

Female crabs will lay between 45,000 and 500,000 eggs each year. The female clutches her eggs under her wide tail flap for approximately one year before hatching. Once the embryos begin to hatch, they will start to swim on their own in the form of larvae. King crab spends two to three months in larval stages, in which they are very vulnerable to being swept away by the current or tide. The ones that do survive feed off of the animal and plant plankton for the next several months.

What You Get:

These crab legs are 16/20 count / Large not Colossal 

16/20 count means- 16/20 legs per 20 lb master case

Each pound contains 3-4 legs

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