Profile updated on 2 December 2022
Queen crab, snow crab
Queen crabs (more commonly known as snow crab) are distributed widely across subpolar and Arctic regions. In Alaska, queen crabs comprise a panmictic (randomly breeding) population that spans the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas (Albrecht et al. 2014). Alaska's eastern Bering Sea population, at the southern extent of the species range (Fedewa et al. 2020), is assessed and managed as a single stock, though its distribution may extend into Russian waters (Szuwalski 2021).