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Xmas crab arrives, it won’t be cheap

Shawn Offield carefully cleans steamed Dungeness crabs to fill special orders in the back room at Williams Seafood, which is owned by the Offield family, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. The price for crab products is up this year with a shortage of some types of crabs. Owner Mike Offield said they’ve kept their margins the same, but raised their prices according to their costs. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Shawn Offield carefully cleans steamed Dungeness crabs to fill special orders in the back room at Williams Seafood, which is owned by the Offield family, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. The price for crab products is up this year with a shortage of some types of crabs. Owner Mike Offield said they’ve kept their margins the same, but raised their prices according to their costs. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Fresh Dungeness crab is a Christmas feast tradition for many, but this year Northwest residents will pay a premium for the crustaceans – if they can find them at all. West Coast crab fisheries have been on hold because of a large algae bloom that increases levels of domoic acid in shellfish and can make them unsafe to eat. The problem has subsided, and Washington’s commercial crab season is expected to open Jan. 4. Seafood markets and restaurants across the West have coped with a shortage of crab for the past couple of months. Mike Offield was happy to see a truckload of crab arrive Tuesday at Williams Seafood on North Ruby Street in Spokane. “Ours just got cooked yesterday and we’re unloading the truck now,” said Offield, the store’s owner. He expects another shipment on Wednesday morning, for a total of 4,000 pounds this week. “We got a fair amount, but they’re not cheap,” he said/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you eat Dungeness crab as a Christmas tradition?




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