Illustrations by Chris Van Dusen
Images Courtesy of Seafood Business Magazine

   Latin: Paralithodes camtschatica

French: Crube

German: Kurtschwanz-krebs

Spanish: Cangrejo

Russian: Kamchatskii krab

Japanese: Tarahagani


The king crab, as its name might imply, is the largest of all the commercially important crab species and is always in high demand. An adult king crab might reach lengths of up to 2.5 meters (8 ft). King crabs are unique in that they have only 6 legs while most crabs have 8. There are several varieties of king crab: red, blue, and brown or golden. The red king crab is the most commercially important variety.


Commercial Aspects

 Exporting Countries
United States, Russia

Primary Consumers
Europe, Japan, United States

The production of king crab is highly variable from year to year. In 1990 U.S. catches reached 15,000 metric tons but in 1992 catches totaled only 8,600 metric tons

Production Trends

Diet/Health Info

The harvest of king crabs is highly unpredictable and variable. As a result of heavy harvesting in the 1960’s and 1970’s, the stocks of king crabs in Alaska crashed and some have never recovered. Those that have recovered have done well. However the Russians are farming their stocks to such an extent that scientists warn the Russian stock is in danger of collapse.


 The Global Supply


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One Response to WHAT IS A KING CRAB?

  1. Alex Parnis says:

    What is the difference or do King Crab and Opilio come in the same catch

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