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« on: April 26, 2004, 01:10:29 PM »

Yeah Id like to know why they are so expensive....I mean since all crabs go thru the shedding process then there are a abundance of soft shells right....So then why is it that they are so much more expensive than hard shell....or is this just a New York thing.
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2004, 01:32:56 PM »

Soft shell crabs are expensive because they only shed a few times a year. Depending on the size of the crab. Larger crabs shed fewer times becouse it takes them more energy to shed. A large crab may only shed 3 or 4 times a year while a small crab may shed around 10 times a year. Another reason is that the crabs have to be put into holding tanks so that they can shed without being eaten by other crabs. Peeler crabs may take a week to a few hours to shed so they must be watched all the time. All this cost more money then just pulling up traps and selling them.
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2004, 06:26:44 PM »

Hard crabs ya go catch them and send them to market.

Soft Crabs,  Ya go catch peelers, bring them home, put them in floats, pump water to them, go out every few hours to harvest the soft crabs (24/7) , size them, either clean and freeze them or packem for market.  Bottom line a lot of labor.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2004, 07:22:28 PM »

  Remember, with soft crabs there is small supply, high demand = big$$$.  Wink Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2004, 04:35:30 AM »

still its like jack said you watch em for 24/7 you will no why they cost what they cost Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2004, 11:13:26 AM »

With hard crabs you count a pot full of crabs by the dozens per pot.  With peeler crabs it is by the one's per pot.  

With hard crabs a good day is tens of Bu of crabs for 300 pots.  With peeler crabs it is 100 to 200 peeler crabs for 300 pots.

Peeler crabs are fragile and a certain fraction die before you get them home.  Especially in the summer heat.  

During the spring run peeler bait (Jimmy crabs) runs $75 to $100 a bu.  Hard crab bait (bunker) is something like $5 to $10 per 100 lb box.  

With peeler crabs (like somebody else said) it takes 24/7 labor to get them out of the shedder tanks before the start to get hard.  Then there is a moderate amount of processing before freezing.  With hard crabs it is sell that Bu of crabs off the boat to the retail shop.

With Peeler crabs I have heard mortality numbers on the order of 30% to 50% from peeler crabs out of the pot to soft crabs in the freezer.

Then there is the market factor.  

BTW a dozen super jumbo hard crabs costs like $40 (or was it $70) at some upscale eateries.

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2004, 06:35:12 PM »

Hey Tom.
how do you freeze them?
normal frezeer  or one of those IQF frezeers?
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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2004, 02:39:30 AM »

10$ 100lb bunker im in Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2004, 11:01:39 AM »

OK so maybe it is more than $10 for 100 lb of bunker but I am pretty sure that it is not much more.

I freeze soft carabs by preparing them like I was going to cook them wrapping them in Saran wrap and putting them in my frost free freezer with the fish.

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« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2004, 11:05:35 AM »

Oops I meant NON frost free freezer.  Tom
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« Reply #10 on: April 28, 2004, 02:13:13 PM »

tom thats the differance between north &south here in jersey we pay12.50 for 50lb flat andhave to take 20 at a time to get it for that price Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2004, 08:12:39 PM »

we do $6 bushell shoveled in fresh
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« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2004, 06:13:37 AM »

best we do up here 15$ bu but get new bu&lid Huh
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« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2004, 07:14:50 PM »

our own and we gotta go to the catch boat
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