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Crab fishery

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
Suite 425-309 2nd Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3T1
Dianne Villeseche
Fax: 604-682-1944
Ecotrust South Coast Office
12A Victoria Crescent
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3B8
Fax: 604-682-1944
Pacific Coast Fishery Services Inc.
270 Suneagle Dr.
Saltspring Island BC, V8K 1E5
Willem Buitendyk
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