Snow crabs are spider-like in shape, with a flat, round carapace (shell) and long, slender legs. Their colour changes as they age. Soon after they moult, snow crabs will be reddish on top and white on the bottom. As they get older, this red will fade to a duller olive shade and their underside will become yellowish. Snow crabs can grow to a maximum carapace width of about 15 centimetres, with males growing more than twice as large as females (females are not harvested commercially for this reason). They have a maximum life span of 12-13 years.


Quebec fisheries are open from spring to fall, but our products are available yearly

Product form

Live Fresh Frozen cooked whole, whole blanched, meat, others Frozen raw Value added, others


Our companies are certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Fishing sector

FAO zone 21

Nutrition values

  • Calories 87
  • Lipides 0.7
  • Saturés 0.1
  • Cholestérol 124
  • Sodium 681
  • Glucides <0,1
  • Protéines 13
  • Calcium 65
  • Potassium 81
  • Fer 0.2

Health benefits

Snow crab meat is a good source of proteins, also low in fats. It is rich in Omega-3 and is know to have cardiovascular benefits.

Latin name

Chionoecetes opilio

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