Crabbing in Sooke
The choice for crabbers are the delicious and delicate meat of the Dungeness Crab.
The Dungeness Crab is light reddish brown on back and sometimes has a purple splotch toward the front. The underside is white to light orange. The shell turns bright red when it is cooked. While a male Dungeness crab can grow to a shell width of 230 mm (9 inches), the minimum size limit for harvest in British Columbia is 165 mm (6 1/2 inches) across the maximum breadth of the shell. Most Dungeness crab weigh between 680 grams (1 1/2 lbs) and 1.4 kg (3 lbs). Dungeness crab is harvested in all months of the year.
Size limits and the restriction on harvesting any female crabs are the primary conservation measures in place in the Dungeness crab fishery. The fishery is considered sustainable. Sea Choice lists the Dungeness Crab as a Best Choice seafood.
Please ensure that you obtain a proper fishing license before you go crabbing. Licenses and information on size, regulation and buying crab traps please visit Eagle Eye Outfitters in downtown Sooke.