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Sfax Tunisia

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SFAX TUNISIA  

Blue Crab from the Mediterranean Sea

In 2014, Blue Crabs, by way of an accident, found a very hospitable environment in the Mediterranean waters of Sfax. It is a very suitable habitat for food and shelters along its coast, as the shallow water makes it easy for the crabs to swim and prey. The medium salty water temperature full of algae and estuaries are considered as the best habitat for early juveniles to grow and develop. Sea temperature of Sfax shore waters is about 61degrees fahrenheit, an almost perfect habitat for biodiversity. The shallow depth where fishermen fish blue crabs does not exceed 150 ft. Additionally, Mediterranean waters tend to be much fresher and saltier than in open ocean locations  especially by coastlines, this makes the best habitat for blue swimming crab.* These crabs are considered some of the best in the world.

The exports of the blue crab, in Tunisia, reached, in the first half of 2018, values never reached before. In fact, the quantities exported increased by 1102%, from 120.6 tons in the first 6 months of 2017 to 1450 tons in the same period this year.**

About the Blue Swimming Crab

Other names of Blue Crab are: Granchio Blu, Cangrejo Azul and Crabe Bleu The Blue Crab Portunus Pelagicus,  Flower Crab, Blue Swimmer Crab, Blue Manna Crab or Sand Crab.

 

The species is commercially important throughout the Indo-Pacific. Newly reproduced in the gulf of Sfax and Gabes (Fishing zone: F A O 37.2)., fished by local fishermen. The males are bright blue with white spots while the females have a duller green/brown, with a more rounded carapace.

 

Crab itself is a great lean protein source that is extremely low in fat and carbs. One cooked serving has around 80 calories, 20gms of protein,1gm of fat, and less than 1gm of carbohydrates. It also provides almost 25% of the daily value of zinc, which is linked to good immune function, protection against cardiovascular disease, and fertility. It contains about 10% of the daily value of calcium, greater than 100% of the daily value for Vitamin B12, and small amounts of many of the other B vitamins. It's also low in mercury.

 

We have different sizes ranging from 40 to +300

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