Deep-Sea Red Crab Management Plan
The Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery in the United States operates along the edge of the continental shelf off southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic Bight. Deep-sea red crab inhabit mud, sand, and hard bottom at depths from 200 to 1800+ meters, at water temperatures between 5-8° C. The small, directed red crab fishery uses traps and targets male red crabs at a depth of approximately 400-600 meters.
The market for deep-sea red crab is for human consumption and is sold either as fresh picked meat or as frozen legs. The red crab fishery was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council as sustainable in the fall of 2009.
Implementing regulations are found at 50 CFR part 648 subpart M. Find out more about Managing Sustainable Fisheries in the Greater Atlantic Region.