Nofima reports

Rapport/Report 18/2014 English summary

Siikavuopio, Sten Ivar; James, Philip John; Mortensen, Atle; Olsen, Bjørn R.; Midling, Kjell Øyvind; Evensen, Tor Hatten

Publication details

Publisher: Nofima

Issue: 18/2014

Number of pages: 23

International Standard Numbers:
Printed: 978-82-8296-184-4

Open Access: green


Sales of live king crab have increased significantly in the past few years and accounted for approximately 35 % of the total catch of king crab in the 2013 catch season. King crabs have all the natural attributes necessary for live storage and export. However, it is important to develop suitable holding and transport techniques that ensure a high quality product reaches the market as well as maintaining the best possible animal welfare conditions during live storage and transport. The aim of the project was to develop techniques that can be used by the king crab industry to ensure high survival, quality and the best possible animal welfare during live storage of crab. Experiments were conducted on: 1) Optimal stocking density, 2) The effects of feed availability on crab welfare, 3) Protocols for live transport to market, 4) Welfare measures for king crab in poor condition.