Thursday, April 17, 2008

Deadliest Catch, King Crab and Oceanaire

As long as we're talking about Alaskan King crab at The Oceanaire, I'll throw in this tasty little tidbit. If you've watched the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch, you'll be familiar with the F/V Time Bandit, one of the crab fishing fleet the show follows. Recently, an Oceanaire corporate exec along with three chefs (from Seattle, Dallas, and Minneapolis) joined the Time Bandit crew in the Bering Sea on one of their expeditions and came away with 40,000 pounds of Alaskan King crab clusters for the restaurant company. (The boat can hold 120,000 pounds of king crab at once.) Once the crab is processed, it's sold in "clusters" of the shoulder, three legs, and a claw. A new season of Deadliest Catch premiers this week.

Alaskan King Crab is a highly sustainable species due to strict fishing guidelines and practices. Legal Alaska King Crab is male crab only, with minimum size requirements. No female or juvenile crab can be retained.

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