There are over 40 unique species of King crab. Those that are fished across the waters in Alaska are the Red King, Blue King, and Golden King. At the end of 1990 the population of the Blue King crab (Paralithodes platypus) had nearly disappeared and fisheries were closing as of 1999.
Commercial fishing for crabs began in and about 1960 close to the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea. Fishing peaked in 1980 and then in 1995 there had been a decline of approximately 92 percent. In 1998 since there were very few crab left in the sea commercial fishing was prohibited.
Due to the declining population a rehabilitation study was started to establish perfect conditions in order to learn the cultivation of the larvae starting from point A, hatching, to point B, juvenile. In 2006 fisherman were fishing crabs for this app. It was important to very carefully document all stages of life, what the crab ate, the perfect temperature, and how long they lived. They were triumphant in their study. The Blue King Crab has returned!
One hundred and fifty thousand eggs are produced by one female during her two-year phase of reproducing young. The eggs are attached to her belly for a year and when the hatching of the larvae occurs the female won’t mate for one more year. Crabs were prefect test subjects because embryos can be found in such an accessible area.
Years of analysis brought success in the fall of 2009 when the distribution in the sea was beginning to increase.
Royal blue streak the brown colored shell. After being cooked you’ll find they’re now a startling red orange color. The biggest know was over 17 pounds found close to the St. Matthew Islands.
What does it take to have 10 pounds of crab? They are rated according the to number of legs to make up the weight. Ten pounds would be from six to nine legs. The succulent taste is much like the Red King crab. The Red is thought to have the best flavor. The flavor is very mild, sweet, and tender.
To capture the superior wonderful taste it is frozen and cooked before you get it. Thaw it in your fridge for around 12 hours and use your best recipe to prepare it.