All About Dungeness Crab

Dungeness crab (Cancer magister, Latin for “master crab”) are crustaceans, having an exterior skeleton or shell. The shell is purple-tinged, grayish-brown on the back, with white tipped claws. They average six to seven inches across the back. The sweetest of all crabs, Dungeness come from Washington and Alaskan waters.

The Dungeness crab gets its name from the small village of Dungeness, located near Sequim, Washington in Clallam County, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula. The oldest commercial shellfish fishery on the Pacific Coast began here in 1848. Today, Dungeness crab is known around the world for its wonderful texture, its buttery flavor, and its rarity.

Eat Dungeness crab chilled, or warm it by lightly steaming. Melt some garlic butter for dipping, and you’ve got a messy, marvelous feast!

State shellfish managers set Puget Sound crab seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announces summer crab-fishing seasons for the Puget Sound area.  Seasons vary by area for recreational crab-fishing, so careful attention should be paid to the posted dates and regulations. Some areas may be open later in summer to protect molting crab. For complete information, visit