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Friday, April 4, 2008

More King Crab! But Don't get fooled.

2008 Alaska Snow Crab Season Update
A successful 2008 Alaska Snow Crab season is nearing a close. This year's Total Allowable Catch (TAC) was set at 63 million pounds, which is a substantial rise from last year's 36 million pound TAC. Alaska's dedication to sustainability has helped to make this a "resource on the upswing" with other factors such as earlier processing and better arrangements for quota management contributing to this season's success.

Sources: Seafood.com, February 20, 2008; McDowell Group harvest update

When buying King Crab it can very misleading. We all want Alaskan King Crab, but is that what we are actually getting. You have to read the label very closely. See most crab is caught in Russia and packed there or even in China. This deflates the price of King Crab. So when you see King Crab in grocery store or big box warehouse for 7.99 and lb. it is not Alaskan. The realality is that true American/Alaskan King Crab would be $4-5 more a lb. So most people won't spend the extra money on an American product.

At Aroma Thyme we ONLY serve Alaskan King Crab. We feel it is important to support a fishery that well managed. Those other areas do not manage the species as weel or at all. We feel it is important to support sustainable food choices.

Next time you eat King Crab out put the restaurant on the spot and tell them how important it is to support the real American caught and processed crab.

Marcus Guiliano
Aroma Thyme Bistro
165 Canal St
Ellenville NY

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We would never expect you to eat this shrimp, nor do we serve farmed Asian shrimp

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