frozen chilled

This originally American species was introduced for farming in China in the twenties; as a consequence of escapes the species developed in the fresh water lakes and rivers in China.

Species information

Commercial name
Scientific name

Procambarus clarkii

Catch area
Inland fishery in China
Catch method
Net fishing, traps
Catch season


Estimated volume/year


Available as
Chilled and frozen, mostly cooked and peeled
Available sizes
U100 pcs/lb up to 250-300 pcs/lb (mixed size, cooked and peeled)
Sustainability details

MSC certification for introduced species has become possible very recently and this option is under investigation for crayfish. The fishery is already very sustainable: fishing methods are extensive, no bottom destruction, low energy cost, no overfishing, no ghostfishing, no unobserved mortality and no by-catch.

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