Hundreds of Dungeness crabs illegally dumped in Maple Ridge, DFO says

Federal fisheries officials are investigating the dumping of an estimated 320 kg (700 lbs.) of Dungeness crab in Maple Ridge.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) said it appears the crab was dumped around July 24 or July 25.

The crabs were found in a farmer’s field in the Albion Flats near Jim Robson way and Tamarack Lane.

“This incident violates the Fisheries Act and its regulations, which prohibits the waste of any fish that is suitable for human consumption,” said a DFO spokesperson in an email.

Photos of the crabs appear to show they are both male and of legal size to harvest.

Photos of the crabs appear to show that they were neither female nor smaller than 16.5 centimetres — two restrictions that would have prevented their legal harvest.

Whole Dungeness crabs wholesale for anywhere between US$8 to $US25 per kilogram online, usually with large minimum orders. A crab of just under one kilogram retails for nearly $42 in Vancouver.

It’s not the first crab dump to catch fisheries officials’ attention this year.

The DFO was called to investigate Dungeness crab dumps near Smithers and Hazelton back in April.

Anyone with information on illegal seafood dumping is asked to contact the 24-hour Observe Record Report line at 1-800-465-4336.

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