An estimated 50 percent of the Dungeness crabs caught by recreational crabbers have soft shells. Their soft shells contain a small amount of watery meat that is hardly worth the trouble of cleaning and cooking. In fact, many people end up tossing the poor quality crab meat into the garbage can. You can prevent this waste of a valuable ocean resource by testing the crabs you catch to see if they have soft shells.
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