05.24.2019

Alabama Blue Crab Fishery Receives High Marks from Seafood Watch

Here in Alabama, we love the beautiful bounty that comes from our coastal waters.

Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than just harvesting our product and serving it to our customers. Our industry has a set of rules and regulations in place to make sure Alabama Gulf Seafood will be plentiful for years to come.

That includes an increasingly important emphasis on sustainability going forward. By regulating our Gulf fisheries, we can ensure that we’ll avoid overfishing and maintain the populations of essential species that live here in Alabama waters. Our industry is committed to this plan, and we’re looking forward to long-term success because of it.

In the meantime, it’s always nice to hear that our hard work is paying off.

That’s why we were excited to hear the recent news that Alabama’s Blue Crab fishery received high marks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch!

Thanks to good management of our Blue Crab fishery—in particular, avoiding the use of crab traps in designated areas for Diamondback Terrapin—Alabama was included in Seafood Watch’s Seafood Recommends report as a “Good Alternative” to other Blue Crab fisheries. (The full report is available if you’d like to read it or see how Alabama’s Blue Crab fishery was evaluated.)

In fact, Alabama is the only Gulf state to receive such a recommendation for Blue Crab. This puts us in the company of well-known Blue Crab states like Maryland, New Jersey, and Delaware.

“Alabama is serious about producing great seafood, but we also serious about making sure seafood harvest is done sustainably,” said Chris Blankenship, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Making some areas off limits for harvest to ensure that threatened or endangered species are not adversely affected by a fishery is just the right thing to do.  I am glad our commitment to the environment in harvesting Alabama blue crab was noticed.”

So the next time anyone tells you that Blue Crab is only fresh and delicious when it comes from the Mid-Atlantic, we’ve got another accolade in the trophy case that you can point to and prove ‘em wrong.

Hungry for some Alabama crabmeat dishes, or perhaps some soft-shell crab? (It’s in season, you know!) We’ve got 140+ Alabama Gulf Seafood recipes for you to browse through for a delectable seafood dinner.