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Thursday, April 12, 2012

K - King Crab

The most common crab eaten in the U.S. is  the red crab from Alasaka.

Alaskan king crab fishing is carried out during the winter months in the waters off the coast of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The commercial harvest is performed during a very short season, and the catch is shipped worldwide.

Alaskan crab fishing is very dangerous, and the fatality rate among the fishermen is about 80 times the fatality rate of the average worker. It is suggested that, on average, one crab fisherman dies weekly during the seasons.

Over 80% of the deaths are caused by drowning or hypothermia. There is also great risk of crippling injuries causded by working with the heavy machinery and gear.

These facts drew the attenion of the Discovery Channel and on April 12, 2005 the first season of ten episodes of the aired.


Is it no wonder it tastes so good.


Lady Di Tn said...

Looks as if we really do not pay what it is worth! I cannot wait each day to check out your daily letter. Peace

Nancy said...

Crab is delicious, but I can't believe the harsh conditions those endure to harvest it from the ocean.

TexWisGirl said...

yikes! dangerous profession, indeed!

Granny Annie said...

Wow, I will never complain about the price of Alaskan King Crab again! Seems more precious than gold and yet we can't wear it:) Good "K" word.

Kerrie Boyd Thomas said...

That is really big! Crazy and scary!
I'm stopping by from the A to Z Challenge!
Giggle, Laugh, Cry

Chatty Crone said...

That's scary, but they are so good!

Michelle said...

That is a dangerous profession. Cannot imagine doing it.

JennaQuentin said...

Now hungry for crab ;)
Thanks for your comments on my posts - bon chance A to Z-ing!

Heather Murphy said...

King crab is a real treat, especially down here in FL. Our local crab is a Blue Crab, which is also tasty.