Project Description

Snow Crab

Atlantic Snow Crab

The Snow Crab body is almost perfectly circular, has five pairs of long, flattened legs, the first of which sport strong claws. The shell is light brown on the back and creamy white on the belly. The male reaches a much greater girth than the female and generally only males reach legal catch size. Commercially caught crab measure from 9.5 to 15 cm in width and weigh from 350 g to 1.3 kg. When cooked, the shell of the snow crab turns bright orange. The meat has a rich, sweet flavour and firm texture. Orangey-pink on the surface and white inside, snow crabmeat is composed of fine, tender filaments that are exquisitely mild and tasty.


April – November


English Name: Atlantic Snow Crab
Latin Name: Chionoecetes opilio
Product Names: Frozen Cooked Snow Crab Section, Snow Crab Clusters/Claws/Segments/Section
Catch Area: Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Snow crabs are caught in traps on the sandy ocean bottom at depths of 50 to 470 metres.


30 lbs section. size 3/5 – 5/8 – 8/10 – 10 plus