Thinking of King Crab for the Holidays? Careful….
A huge supplier of King Crab legs is arrested. Arkadi Gontmakher a Ukranian living a lavish lifestyle in Seattle is accused of large-scale poaching and more.
Currently, most of the king crab in the retail stores is from Russia, his company has been the chief supplier. In the first six months of this year, according to the Seattle Times, Gontmakher brought 20 million pounds of crab into the US – roughly equal to a year’s legal harvest in Alaska. The Russian crab is in stores such as CostCo and Safeway across the country.
Be sure to insist that your supplier is buying from Alaska, not Russia.The U.S. red-king harvest is under way and American crabbers are hoping for a new marketing peg that will emphasize the U.S. conservation rules to prevent overfishing. Click here for more info on how to choose responsible sources for crab.
Read here for more info, and quite a drama to boot – money laundering, Russian politics, mansions, cars, veiled threats – this story has it all.