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.

~ by jacqueline1230 on November 14, 2007.

3 Responses to “Thinking of King Crab for the Holidays? Careful….”

  1. Good to know, I’ll pass it on…

  2. Hey there, haven’t heard from you in a while. Thought you might be interested in Oceana’s seafood contamination campaign, which is trying to convince grocers to post warning signs about the harm of mercury in seafood. They’ve also managed to coax five of nine chlorine manufacturing plants to switch to mercury-free technology for the good of public health and then environment. … Just some food for thought. Take it easy! -Nikki of Oceana

  3. Thanks Nikki. I’ll try to remember to post a link to your guide in the next update, too. Good work.

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