Spider crab

Spider crab, Majidae sp.

Water colour on paper

Artist: Beth Ridley Moran

Spider crabs are large, spiky crustaceans, mostly found on the southern and western coasts of the UK. There are very few management measures in place to protect spider crab stocks and their stock status is currently unknown. Management of the species tends to be better in inshore fisheries and so, if you choose to buy spider crabs, choose ones caught by pots or traps in inshore waters. 

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