Please visit our Home Page to find fishing ports where you can purchase fresh snow crab and other seafood!
Buying Cape Breton Snow Crab & Seafood
Purchasing Seafood Directly from the Harvester
You can purchase up to 25kg of seafood per day for personal consumption from a fish harvester.
NOTE: You cannot buy cooked or otherwise processed (such as cut) seafood from a fish harvester. But there is no law which prevents you from asking anyone to cook or process the seafood in your possession.
A non-profit organization can purchase any amount for resale as a fundraiser.
When & Where to Purchase
The East Coast of Cape Breton (Snow Crab Fishing areas 19 to 23) has about 100 snow crab licence holders from Bay St. Lawrence to Gabarus.
Use the map above to locate a port near you but not all are snow crab landing ports. The snow crab fishery lasts only a few days and landing times vary. The Marine Weather is a major factor — snow crab fishing grounds are far from shore. Check the events calendar or our facebook and twitter for daily updates.
Upon arrival at the port, approach a boat and ask the crew where you can buy snow crab.
At Restaurants & Markets
Many of the island’s lobster pounds, restaurants, grocery, fish and farmer’s markets also sell seafood harvested in our region.
How to Clean and Transport Snow Crab
Bring a cooler or bucket to the wharf (with ice packs). After purchase, clean the crab and rinse in seawater. This video demonstrates how to separate the legs from the body and clean them BUT don’t hesitate to ask for help from a fish harvester. Do not put the legs in Freshwater!
How to Cook Snow Crab
How to Cook and Eat Snow Crab
Bring a pot of saltwater to boil (enough to fully cover the snow crab). Plunge crab legs into the boiling water and cover. Bring the water to boil and then simmer for about 15 to 18 minutes. Remove crab legs and soak them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
Saltwater: Use a bucket of Cape Breton’s pristine seawater or mix 30ml (2 Tbsp) of salt per 1 Liter (4 cups) of water.
To shell the crab legs, you can watch the video #2 above or simply seperate all legs, sections and slice them length-wise using a knife or cutters.
Useful HintsFisher harvesters are a great source of information on all of the above and more!
A Sustainable Choice
Our fishery has been eco-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent non-profit organization that sets a global standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries.