Crab Fishery - Pacific Region

Photo: measuring a crab

Measuring a crab

Dungeness crabs (Cancer magister) are the most important species of crab harvested in British Columbia and are exploited by commercial, native and sport fishers coast wide. Dungeness crabs occupy the eastern Pacific Ocean and range from the Aleutian Islands to Mexico, from the intertidal zone to depths of 180 m. The inception of the commercial fishery occurred before the turn of the century with first recorded landings in 1885. The sport fishery has an equally long history and aboriginal harvests of Dungeness crab precede the discovery of North America by Europeans.


Integrated Fisheries Management Plans 

Overview of the Fishery

Service Providers

Ecotrust North Coast Office

Amanda Barney
Phone: 250-624-4191
Fax: 604-682-1944

Suite 6 - 222
Third Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1L1

Ecotrust South Coast Office

Phone: 250-755-7877
Fax: 604-682-1944

12A Victoria Crescent
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3B8

Pacific Coast Fishery Services Inc.

Willem Buitendyk
Phone: 250-931-7686

270 Suneagle Dr.
Saltspring Island BC, V8K 1E5



Lead Resource Manager, Crab


Pacific Biological Station


Crab Enforcement Representative

For other crab fishery departmental contacts, please consult the Shellfish Contacts page.