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Crab season arrives at Semiahmoo Marina
Crabbing is a big deal for boaters at Semiahmoo Marina. With crabbing season here, now would be a good time to talk about what goes into this northwest tradition to ensure that you have a legal, safe, and enjoyable crabbing experience .
What’s the big deal
The big deal is that crabs are an incredible sweet tasting delicacy, and fishing for them has been a tradition among sports and commercial boater and fisherman for generations. In fact, it’s such a big deal that it’s reported that the 2012-2013 crab season netted between 35 and 55 million pounds of crab for the West coast.
First, get legal
I’ve included a more detailed summary of the regulation at the end of this article, but here is a brief overview
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How you cook them
According to Wikipedia, about one-quarter of the crab's weight is meat. The flesh has what is considered to be a delicate flavor and slightly sweet taste. Live crabs are cooked simply by dropping them into boiling salt water, waiting for a boil to return, and then allowing it to continue for 15 minutes, after which time the crabs are removed and placed into cold water to cool, and then cleaned.
Another method of preparing crab is called half backing. Half backing is done by flipping the crab upside down and chopping it in half (from head to "tail"), after which the guts and gills can be scooped or hosed out. Many consider half backing to be superior to cooking the entire crab, because the meat is not contaminated by the flavor and or toxins of the guts. Furthermore half backed crabs boil faster or can be quickly steamed instead of boiled.
Two common tools for removing crab meat from the shell are a crab cracker and a shrimp fork. Sometimes, a cleaver, mallet, or small hammer is used for cracking Dungeness crab, but the use of these devices is not recommended, as the integrity of the meat may be compromised due to the

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