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Jiangxi hairy crabs get royal titles

Two hairy crabs from Jiangxi Province — a male weighing 657.7 grams and a 426.1-gram female — were crowned “king and queen crabs” at a competition in Shanghai yesterday.

Both the king and queen are heavier than last year’s, when they weighed 643.02 grams and 425.6 grams, respectively.

Organized by Shanghai Ocean University and Central Hotel Shanghai, this year’s competition is the 14th of its kind and the largest yet. More than 100 aqua farms around the country, including 27 in Shanghai, brought 2,500 hairy crabs, compared to last year’s 2,000 from around 80 farms.

Hairy crabs are considered a seasonal delicacy in China, and are at their best in autumn and early winter.

Ma Xuzhou, an associate professor at Shanghai Ocean University, said the quality of hairy crabs was the best yet due to improved breeding technology and measures.

“This year, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and floods had an adverse influence on breeding in the first half of the year, such as a decrease in breading area, but advanced breeding technology and tools have helped overcome the challenges,” said Ma. “The output may have declined a little bit, but sizes are bigger than last year. So there are still plentiful supplies of good quality. Consumers can buy crabs at prices similar to those last year.”


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