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Crab, Imitation (not Alaska Pollock)

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SEAFOODRATINGMARKET NAMESLOCATION/CERTIFICATIONHOW CAUGHT/FARMED
Crab Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Crab, Kani Marine Stewardship Council Certified Wild
Crab, Blue Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Blue-Claw, Hardshell & Softshell Crab, Kani U.S. Pot
Crab, Blue Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Blue-Claw, Hardshell & Softshell Crab, Kani Chesapeake Bay Trotline
Crab, Dungeness Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Commercial, Market, Pacific Edible & San Francisco Crab Alaska Trap
Crab, Dungeness Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Commercial, Market, Pacific Edible & San Francisco Crab California, Oregon, Washington Trap
Crab, Imitation (Alaska Pollock) Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Imitation Lobster, Kanikama, Surimi Alaska Wild
Crab, Imitation (not Alaska Pollock) Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Imitation Lobster, Kanikama, Surimi Worldwide Wild
Crab, Jonah Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Atlantic Dungeness Crab U.S. Atlantic Wild
Crab, King Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Alaska King, Blue King, Golden King & Red King Crab, Kani U.S. Trap
Crab, King Red Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Blue King, Golden King, King & Red King Crab, Kani Russia Trap
Crab, King Southern Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. King & Southern Red King Crab, Centolla Argentina Pot,Trap
Crab, Kona Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Frog & Spanner Crab, Papa'i kualoa Hawaii Wild
Crab, Kona Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Frog & Spanner Crab Australia Wild
Crab, Snow Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Queen, Snow, Spider & Tanner Crab, Kani Eastern Bering Sea, U.S. Pot, Trap
Crab, Snow Good Alternative: These are good alternatives to the best choices column. There are some concerns with how they are fished or farmed – or with the health of their habitats due to other human impacts. Queen, Snow, Spider & Tanner Crab, Kani Eastern Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Pot, Trap
Crab, Snow Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Queen, Snow, Spider & Tanner Crab, Kani Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada Pot, Trap
Crab, Stone Best Choice: These fish are abundant, well managed and fished or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Florida Stone & Gulf Stone Crab U.S. Atlantic, U.S. Gulf of Mexico Wild
Crab, Swimmer, Blue Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Swimming, Swimmer, Colossal, Jumbo Lump, Super Lump, Lump & Backfin Lump Crab China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines Pot, Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Trawl
Crab, Swimmer, Red Avoid: Avoid these products for now. These fish come from sources that are overfished or fished or farmed in ways that harm the environment. Swimming, Swimmer, Colossal, Jumbo Lump, Super Lump, Lump & Backfin Lump Crab China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam Pot, Bottom Gillnet, Bottom Trawl


Imitation Crab, Wild

Imitation crab is made from white-fleshed fish that's ground and made into a paste and then colored, formed and cooked to mimic crab legs. It's also called surimi or kanikama when prepared for sushi.

Alaska pollock is a "Good Alternative" and is certified as sustainable to the standard of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

Consumer Note

Imitation crab - a minced fish paste - is also called surimi or kanikama when prepared for sushi.

Summary

Approximately half of the surimi produced worldwide is made from Alaska pollock.

Imitation crab or surimi made from other species is a more complicated story. Other fish that are used in surimi include Atka mackerel, barracuda, blue whiting, cod, hoki, mackerel, Pacific whiting, sardine, striped mullet and threadfin bream. These may not or may not be caught using environmentally responsible fishing methods.

When you know the fish used to make surimi, use the Seafood Watch recommendation for that species. When specific information is unavailable, or when pollock is used, this product is rated as a "Good Alternative."


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