North West Fishing Consortium
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Red King Crabs

Red King Crab (Paralithodes Camtschaticus) is one of the biggest Far East crabs.

For the Barents Sea Red King Crab (or Kamchatka Crab) is an introduced species, that is this crab was specially delivered here from the Far East by scientists in the sixties and artificially settled into the Barents Sea. After such an introduction this crab adapted to new conditions and started to breed fast. Red King Crab in the Barents Sea is caught by two countries, Russia and Norway. Norway started commercial fishing in the year 2002, Russia started commercial fishing in the year 2004.

Crab is caught with the help of special pots in ecologically clean areas of the Barents Sea in autumn and in winter. It is allowed to catch only adult males. Meat of white color from crab legs and claws, as well as roe are usually eaten. Crab meat is a good source of protein, vitamins А and В, mineral elements, iodine, phosphorus, and lecithin.

Crab-catching vessels of Consortium produce in factories placed on board the vessels several kinds of crab products. Mainly there are produced fully ready for consumption boiled frozen crab clusters. Each cluster consists of three legs and one claw. Clusters are boiled in sea water, and then frozen. Also fresh frozen clusters and frozen whole crabs are produced. All products correspond to Russian, European, and international standards. They heave good customers demand in home market as well as all over the world.