Dungeness season is at its peak right now locally - the past week has been rough on the boats due to the weather, but things have started to clear up and it looks like we will have a solid couple days of great crabbing! This weeks’ Dungeness Crab are coming in from Captain Dave Indie off of the F/V Farallon based out of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. If you walk along the docks outside of Scoma’s restaurant, then you are likely to come across his boat…that is unless he’s out catching your dinner!
Our seasonal selections are also in full swing - beautiful meaty Rock Crab arms from F/V Silver Fin out of Santa Cruz and delicious Squid from F/V Seawave out of Monterey.
Common Name: Dungeness Crab
Species Name: Metacarcinus magister
Catch Method: Trap/Pots
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Half Moon Bay up to Bodega
Species Catch Range: Santa Barbara to Alaska
Seafood Watch Rating: "Good Alternative"
Full Share - AT LEAST 1.25 lbs of cleaned crab - based on the yield from a jumbo crab (2 lbs +)*
Half Share - AT LEAST .60 lbs of cleaned crab - based on the yield from a jumbo crab (2 lbs +)*
Whole Crab - AT LEAST 1.75 to 2.5 lbs of whole cooked crab
*Based off of the yield for whole vs cleaned crab of 60% - meaning each order starts with at least 2 lbs of whole crab before we clean it.
There are few things we love and celebrate more than our Dungeness crab season here in the Bay Area! We pick up our Dungeness from small boats out of Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay. Our fishermen hand sort the crab and set aside the largest ones (usually 2+ lbs) just for us! The crabs will then be iced on the dock and whisked off to our warehouse where they will be cooked, cooled, and packed that morning to be delivered to homes across the Bay Area!
Dungeness gets its common name from the port in Dungeness, Washington where the Dungeness crab fishery began in 1848 and is said to be the oldest known shellfish fishery of the North Pacific coast. However no one really appreciates Dungeness crab like we do here in the Bay Area - where we celebrate the start of the season with family and friends every November. Our nearly century long tradition of steaming the crab with a secret mix of salt and water within minutes of landing it on the docks giving it its famous sweet, briny, and firm meat has made San Francisco Dungeness Crab a highly sought after product around the world. Our local Dungeness fishery brings in millions of tourist and locals together to feast on this delicacy each year!
Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Dungeness Crab caught in California in net pots a "Good Alternative", while the stocks are in good health there is concern about the large fishing pressure put on them each year. Additionally there is concern about whale ensnarement in the ropes of the pots - although this is rare. Our fishermen operate on small boats and participate in fishing gear recovery programs and undergo training to help mitigate these risks to other species, so we are confident that we are going the ‘extra mile’ to promote a healthy fishery.
Now that we have built a stronger relationship with our partner fishing vessels we are happy to announce that we will be offering a seasonal selection of seafood which will be offered consistently each week in addition to our "Catch of the Week." These are boats that we trust and know will offloading their catch within 48 hours of delivery.
Full Share - 3 lbs of Market Squid (cleaning required - click below for details)
Half Share - 1.5 lbs of Market Squid (cleaning required - click below for details)
Full Share - 1 lbs of cooked Rock Crab arms
Half Share - .5 lbs of cooked Rock Crab arms
- See below for recipes and details -