Salcombe Brown Crab
Our Salcombe Brown Crab is Wholesaled in the UK and Exported Worldwide.
Why Salcombe Crab?
Because the waters around South Devon are so clean, they are rich in essential marine nutrients which in turn provides excellent food for the Crab that live and breed there.
There are very strict rules regarding size of Crab that is allowed to be landed and we adhere to these rigidly, this enables the shellfish to breed and grow year in year out. We also have a limit on the amount of days which we are allowed to fish in certain areas of the English channel.
Brown Crab (Cancer Pagurus)
Cancer Pagurus, commonly known as the edible crab or brown crab, is a species of crab found around the British Coastline. It is a robust crab of a reddish-brown colour, having an oval shell with a characteristic "pie crust" edge and black tips to the claws. Brown Crabs are a nocturnal predator, targeting a range of molluscs and crustaceans. It is the subject of the largest crab fishery in Western Europe, centred around the coasts of the British Isles, with more than 60,000 tonnes caught annually.
Reproduction occurs in winter; the male captures the female and holds her under himself until she moults. Internal fertilisation takes place before the hardening of the new shell, with the aid of two abdominal appendages (gonopods). After mating, the female retreats to a pit on the sea floor to lay her eggs. Between 250,000 and 3,000,000 fertilised eggs are held under the female's abdomen for up to eight months until they hatch.
Brown Crab is abundant throughout the northeast Atlantic as far as Norway in the north and northern Africa in the south, on mixed coarse grounds, mud and sand from shallow sub littoral to about 100 metres (330 ft).It is frequently found inhabiting cracks and holes in rocks but occasionally also in open areas. Smaller specimens may be found under rocks in the littoral zone.
Adult Brown Crabs are nocturnal, hiding buried in the substrate during the day, but foraging up to 50 metres (160 ft) from their hideouts at night. The main predator of Brown Crab is the octopus, which will even attack them inside the crab pots that fishermen use to trap them.
Health Benefits of Brown Crab
Crab meat is packed full of Protein which is essential for the building and repair of body tissue and muscles. Crab is also a fantastic source of beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA which both have anti-inflammatory properties. Research also shows that these Omega 3's can help protect against Heart Disease, help lower Blood Pressure and help improve memory. It has also been reported that they can possibly improve depression & anxiety. Crab meat also contains certain minerals that aid the immune system. The meat is low in calories and although it does contain a little fat it is generally unsaturated fat.