What is zuwaigani in sushi?ズワイ蟹
This time, I looked into the various names and seasons for sushi zuwaigani.
How to call zuwaigani
【zuwaigani】Pacific snow crab ズワイガニ ズワイ蟹
The snow crab is a large crab that lives in the deep sea and belongs to the order Decapoda and the family Ceramidae. A unique feature of the snow crab’s name is that there are different names for male and female crabs depending on the region. For example, male snow crabs include names such as Echizen crab, Matsuba crab, and Yoshi crab, while female snow crabs sometimes have names such as Mesu crab, Oya crab, Koppegani, and Koubako crab. It seems that there are usually snow crabs named after the region where they are caught.
The peak season for zuwaigani
Snow crab seasons vary depending on their ecology. More details below.
Snow crab: The season for snow crab is from November to March, when the fishing season is open. For the purpose of resource protection, the fishing season is from November 6th to March 20th of the following year. In addition, the size of male fish caught is strictly regulated to a shell size of 9 cm or more3. In order to prevent overfishing, strict fishing limits are set for each region, making it impossible to catch snow crabs whenever you want. The opening date is decided every year depending on the situation, but it can be considered to be almost fixed.