A new kind of crab is entering the Alaskan market. Tanner crab, also known as bairdi crab, is familiar to the fishing community in Kodiak, but a recent effort by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council to introduce it directly to Alaskan customers is meeting with success.
“It’s been a nice opportunity to connect the fishermen from the area with people from Anchorage.”
“I find the taste to be a little bit sweeter than other bairdi crab and snow crab. The crab around Kodiak tend to be a little bit larger, so you get a little more bang for your buck when you’re cracking the crab.”
“Hopefully there will be an increased demand from consumers on the mainland to support their local fisherman by buying our local seafood.”
“They’re only open for 8am-6pm, so it’s daylight hours, every boat is only allowed 20 pots, so it’s really even. We don’t’ have the same equipment as the big boats, so this evens it out.”
“We’re hoping to bring more premium quality products that are being handled with the best practices by community based small-boat fisherman. So keep your eye out for some cod and rock fish down the line.”