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What you get?

In exchange for buying a crab pot for a fisherman in the cooperative, you will receive:

  • A minimum of 36 beautiful, large, fresh blue crabs;
  • A video & photos of a fisherman hauling your trap;
  • A map showing where your trap is set;
  • A Walking Fish t-shirt;
  • A very thankful fisherman

Why a crab pot?

There's an interesting story behind this idea that we hope reflects our interests in conservation and community.

It goes something like this:

Chesepeake Bay is known for its blue crabs, but North Carolina's crab fishery is actually larger. Blue crabs, in fact, are one of North Carolina's most important fisheries. The fishery is both an economic cornerstone and an example of a low impact fishery (e.g. little bycatch or habitat disturbance).

However, the importances of this fishery, two challenges exist: 1) Most of the blue crabs caught in North Carolina are shipped elsewhere; and 2) The cost of maintaining gear is rising.

Our crab pot exchange seeks to address both challenges concurrently

Every crab pot someone purchases will replace an existing trap destroyed in a hurricane or crushed by a sea turtle [Did you know sea turtles frequently "sit" on and destroy crab traps?]. By buying a trap, you help members of our cooperative offset the cost of maintaining their gear and you get a heap of beautiful fresh crabs.

How it works?

If you participate in the crab pot exchange this fall/winter, a fisherman will keep track of the crabs caught in your pot. During the season, you'll receive periodic information, videos/photos, and a map showing you where the trap is located. As part of the deal, you'll also receive one or two deliveries of fresh blue crabs, many of which will come from your trap! (See: "Terms of Share" for more information).

How it works?

Pick-up information:

If you order a crab pot, the Walking Fish Cooperative will contact you to schedule a pick-up(s). Blue crabs can be picked up at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens parking lot off Anderson St. (map) or at one of the Raleigh pick-up locations (Duke Raleigh Hospital (P1 South Parking Garage- map) (Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church - map) during any of the scheduled CSF pick-ups, mid-September through mid-December (schedule).

Pick-up day and time:

Durham - Thursday, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Raleigh - Tuesday, 3:00 - 5:15 pm

Blue crabs will be delivered in accordance with state and federal regulations. Your seafood will be kept at a safe temperature until you arrive. We strongly recommend you place your seafood in a refrigerator (set as close to 32 degrees as possible) as soon as possible after pick up. We are not responsible for the safety of your seafood once it is in your possession.

It is your responsibility to bring a small cooler or insulated bag to transport your seafood home. We will provide ice or previously frozen ice packs at the pick-up site.

Important notes:

Unclaimed blue crabs cannot be stored or held after 6:00 p.m. due to their perishable nature.

Crab traps purchased through this pilot become the property of fishermen in the cooperative.

Crab pots will be available Spring 2013




*Paypal transaction fees are included in the purchase price.

*Please make sure that your PayPal e-mail address is your most current e-mail address as this is the address we will use to send you information about your share.

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