Is It Wild or Farmed? Peekytoe (Maine) Crabs and Blue Crabs are wild caught.
Where is it fished? Peekytoe Crabs can be found from Nova Scotia to northern Florida, but are most abundant from Georges Bank to North Carolina. Blue Crabs can be found along the Gulf Coast and in the bays and estuaries of the southern U.S. Atlantic. Heaviest concentrations are found in the Chesapeake Bay. The Lobster Place sources Blue Crab meat primarily from the Gulf Coast, and Peekytoe Crab meat from Maine.
How is it fished? Blue Crabs and Jonah Crabs are caught by baited traps.
Is it sustainable? The Peekytoe Crab fishery has only recently emerged along the northeast Atlantic coast, and as a result there is little known about the population status.
Blue Crabs grow quickly and reproduce in great numbers making them more resilient to fishing pressures when compared to other crab species. However, many blue crab populations have declined rapidly due to habitat degradation from pollution and coastal development. Use of traps allow accidental by catch to be released with little harm caused.
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What is the flavor/texture profile?
Lump Blue Crab Meat: Sweet, flaky white meat picked fresh from Blue Crab.
Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Meat: Sweet, plump morsels of leg and back meat picked fresh from Blue Crab.
Peekytoe Crab Meat: Similar to the Pacific Dungeness, Peekytoe Crab has a nice sweetness.
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