Reid says: “This is a matter of locality and what type of regulations are in place. In places like Russia or Japan, they're not regulated in a way that's sustainable, and it has a negative impact on the habitat and other wildlife.”
Another option: “Blue crab or stone crab come from well-managed fisheries in the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico. Just thinking closer to home is important. And if you're looking specifically for those really long, meaty legs, Alaskan king crab would be a smarter choice.”
Reid says: “This is an enormous fish. It can get up to 7ft long and weigh up to 800lbs. Because of its long period of time before reproduction, it's susceptible to overfishing.”
Another option: “Pacific halibut is a great alternative. In general, the Pacific fisheries tend to be in better shape than the Atlantic because they've been fished for fewer years and the Pacific Ocean is just so much bigger that the seafood seems to be in better condition.”
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