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   Latin: Cancer magister

French: Crabe

German: Kurzschwanz-krebs

Spanish: Cangrejo

Russian: Krab dungenesa

Japanese: Danjimesukani


The dungeness crab is a member of the rock family of crabs. The crab is named after a fishing town on the coast of Washington. Only male dungeness crabs are harvested, the females are thrown back live. The males must have a carapice width larger than 16 cm (6.25 in), otherwise they are also returned to the ocean live.


Commercial Aspects

 Exporting Countries
United States,

Primary Consumers
United States, Canada, Japan, Korea

In 1992 the U.S. produced 19,000 metric tons of dungeness crab.

Production Trends

Diet/Health Info

Production of the crabs is very cyclical. They can be abundant for many years then scarce for years before returning to abundance to start the cycle over again. In 1991 an outbreak of a naturally occuring toxin called domoic acid caused a closure of fisheries for several weeks. The toxin causes amnesiac shellfish poisoning in humans. Since the original outbreak no other outbreak has been detected.

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