Pick up your Dungeness Crab on February 12

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This is Alan with your weekly Local Catch Newsletter.

First: Dungeness crab is coming to you from Monterey, Moss Landing, and Santa Cruz. In my mind this is the best representation we can have. Giovanni from Monterey, John from Moss Landing, and Ken from Santa Cruz. 

Second: This week we will be doing a tour at the Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz. LCMB member Sandra Cohen is a docent at the Exploration Center, and has offered to provide some interpretation for interested Local Catch members. Admission, an outstanding 17-minute film, and Sandy’s intepretation are all FREE (donations to SEC are optional). This is an excellent opportunity to learn about our local waters and meet others in the LCMB community. Meet at 10am on Saturday, February 16, and plan to spend about an hour. All welcome.

Third: In addition to the tour at SEC, we’ll be at The Twisted Tasting event put on by our friends from the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery on Saturday the 16th. There will be two sessions: first one is from 1-4pm and the second is from 6-9pm. There are going to be over 20 breweries presenting all kinds of amazing and experimental beers WITH unlimited food tasting as well! LCMB will be there with our amazing smoked sablefish. For more information click hereand here Make sure to get your tickets in advance, and see you there on top of the Rittenhouse building!

Caught by: Giovanni Nevloso (600lbs), John Hulliger (702lbs) and Ken Miller (200lbs)
When caught: Landed on 2/9-2/10 (and kept alive)
Landed in: Monterey, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz
Cooked, cracked and cleaned: Monday 2/11
Coolers packed: Tuesday 2/12 by Alan and Vincent
Fillets shares vs. Whole fish shares:
fillet preference: cooked and cleaned crab
whole fish preference: cooked and cleaned crab
What to take:
small shares: 1 bag (contains 2 crabs)
family shares: 2 bags (each bag contains 2 crabs)
Eat by: Friday

Links:
about Dungeness crabs:
-Our LCMB Dungeness crab species profile
-Here’s some excellent additional information on Dungeness crabs from the National Park Service

about Dungeness crab fishing:
-Fisherman profiles for John Hulliger and Ken Miller
-Dungeness crab are caught with traps/pots. Click here to learn more about pros and cons of this fishing method
-LCMB exclusive VIDEO: Fisherman Christian Zajac explains crab traps; crab is unloaded from John Hulliger’s boat
-We’re working on getting out to shoot our own footage, but until then check out this video to see what California crabbing is like out on the water. You’ll see the fishermen measure each crab and toss back females and undersized crabs.

about Dungeness crab preparation:
-15 Awesome dungeness crab recipes on the LCMB website
-Prep suggestions from other members are here. Add yours!
-LCMB video cooking demo #1: Dungeness Crab with Wine and Butter
-LCMB video cooking demo #2: Member and Otter 501 moviestar Katie Pofahl walk you through cooking a Cromellete

-Tips:
-Be sure to eat all the yummy meat from within the body, not just the meat in the legs!
-Use a crab claw as a tool to pick out the body meat from the cartilage “dividers.”
-Leftover crab is delicious in a Cromellete
-Please share your crab experience on our Facebook page or on the “Dungeness crab” section of our Member’s Forum.

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