Species Profile




Red King Crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus)

  • Size
    Females up to 10.5 lbs; Males up to 24 lbs and leg span of five feet
  • Lifespan
    Males and females estimated to live up to 20-30 years
  • Distribution/Range
    British Columbia to Japan north to the Bering Sea with Bristol Bay and Kodiak Archipelago being the centers of its abundance in Alaska.
  • Remarks
    Red king crabs were historically the most commercially important shellfish species in Alaska. Since statehood in 1959, U.S. fishers have harvested nearly 2 billion pounds of red king crab worth $1.6 billion from Alaska waters.
  • Status