NEWARK BAY COMPLEX
[Including Newark Bay, tidal Hackensack River, Arthur Kill, Kill Van Kull and all tidal tributaries]
* Blue Crab - Do not Harvest or eat.TIDAL PASSAIC RIVER
[From the head of tide at Garfield to Newark Bay and all tidal tributaries]
* Blue Crab - Do not Harvest or eat.HUDSON RIVER
[From the New York & New Jersey borderline (near Alpine, NJ) to the NY-NJ borderline at the Upper New York Bay]
* Blue Crab - One meal of 7 crabs per week, Do not eat Green Gland (hepatopancreas), Discard cooking liquid.RARITAN BAY COMPLEX
[Includes the Raritan Bay, tidal Raritan River (Up to the Route1 bridge) and all tidal tributaries]
* Blue Crab - One meal of 7 crabs per week, Do not eat Green Gland (hepatopancreas), Discard cooking liquid.
Source: STATEWIDE ESTUARINE & MARINE WATERS - 2012 Advisories
(NJ DEP)Crab Preparation Methods
Eating, selling or taking (harvesting) blue crabs from Newark Bay Complex and the tidal Passaic River is prohibited. The Newark Bay Complex is located in northeastern New Jersey. It includes the Newark Bay, tidal Hackensack River, Arthur Kill, Kill Van Kull and tidal tributaries. If blue crabs are taken from water bodies other than the Passaic River/Newark Bay Complex, the following preparation techniques can be followed to reduce exposure to some contaminants.
The highest levels of chemical contaminants are found in the hepatopancreas, commonly known as the tomalley or green gland. It is the yellowish green gland under the gills. This material is found next to the lump meat (backfin) portion of the crab. Chill and break the crabs immediately before cooking. Care must be taken to remove all of the hepatopancreas before cooking.
There is no specific cooking method available to reduce the chemical contaminant levels in blue crabs. The following steps for proper preparation are key to reducing your exposure to harmful chemical contaminants. * Do not eat the green gland (hepatopancreas).
* Remove green gland (hepatopancreas) before cooking.
* After cooking, discard the cooking water.
* Do not use cooking water or green gland (hepatopancreas) in any juices, sauces, bisques or soups.
Source: 2012 Fish Smart, Eat Smart: A guide to Health Advisories for Eating Fish and Crabs Caught in New Jersey Waters