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softshell crabs

Soft shell crabs are an important seasonal part of our coastal aquaculture industry. Crabs are identified and selected just prior to molting, then they are placed into special shedding trays and held until the molt takes place. While still soft (the new shell is soft …and edible at shedding), the crabs are removed and processed as a delicacy for finer seafood outlets both in North Carolina and throughout the region. Annual Soft shell productions averages approximately 350,000 lbs with a farm gate value of over $2,500,000.

For additional information, please see:

SRAC 4306: Soft Shell Crab Shedding Systems

Soft shell crab production with RAS | Aquaculture Technology: Video 

SGMA: Project tests technology transfer in soft-shell blue crab aquaculture

SGMA: Expanding aquaculture of soft blue crabs: Technology transfer and cost analysis of pond production and shedding

Soft Shell Crabs in Closed Systems: a Virgina Success Story

Our Coasts Food

Producing soft-shell crabs poses unique challenges: LSU AgCenter: Video 

Written By

Mike Frinsko, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionMike FrinskoArea Specialized Agent, Agriculture - Aquaculture Serves 18 CountiesBased out of JonesCall Mike Email Mike N.C. Cooperative Extension, Jones County Center
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