At Premier Catch, we have chosen products that meet incredibly high standards of both quality and sustainability. Our Butterfly Split Alaskan Red King Crab legs are no exception. They are beautiful, delicious, and harvested sustainably, which is why we, and so many of you, love them.
For the first time in 25 years, the Alaskan Red King Crab harvest in the Bering Sea has been cancelled. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council monitor the crab stock, migration patterns and other biological data for the Alaskan Red King Crab and other species. In the Fall of 2021, those governing bodies decided to close the Alaskan Red King Crab fishery because of too few female crabs. This closure is difficult for the fishermen and for our customers, but ultimately, these decisions based on science, and with sustainability as the number one priority, is why we love our Alaska fisheries.
We do have a limited supply of Alaskan Red King Crab left for the holidays. While the 3 lb pack of our butterfly split has sold out, we were able to put together 2 lb packs of Alaskan Red King Crab Legs with full shells, which may include some claws. There is a limited quantity, so please be sure to stock up now, as we won’t see Alaskan Red King Crab in 2022.
Please see this article from the Seattle Times in October, noting the closure and sharing some of the harvest and population data.