Twenty crab boats set sail on Yangcheng Lake, which is known for producing China’s best freshwater crabs, on Saturday [23 Saturday 2017] marking the start of the year’s crab season. Crab is considered a must for family dinners at Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Oct. 4 this year…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In 2016, according to the deputy head of the agricultural department in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, an estimated 1,200 MTs of crabs were harvested from Yangcheng Lake. The agricultural official noted that the city reduced the crab farming area by 50% to 1,066 hectares. Consequently, local crab traders noted that the price would increase 15% (vis-à-vis last year) and that the wholesale price for female crabs with roe is CNY 200 (USD 30) per 500 grams.

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  • In September 2016, it was reported that the Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Crab Association signed a mitten crab distribution agreement with Suning.com. JD.com and Alibaba’s Tmall.com also stated they are selling authentic Yangcheng Lake crabs.
  • In 2015, according to the Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Crab Association, Yangcheng Lake produced 2,100 MTs of crabs. However, approximately 20,000 MTs of “Yangcheng Lake” crabs were sold/consumed as well.  Online sales accounted for 60% of crab sales. In 2016, Yangcheng Lake was forecasted to produce 2,100 MTs of crabs, with online retail projected to account for 70% of sales.
  • In September 2013, Suzhou Yangcheng Lake Crab Association stated that mitten crab prices would likely drop 20% in 2013.
  • Located in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, Yangcheng Lake is home to the Chinese mitten crab (‘dazha xie’). Blue-gray in appearance, Chinese mitten crabs from Yangcheng Lake generally harvested in October (male crabs, ~250 grams per crab). In the years prior to 2013, Chinese mitten crab prices peaked at US$100 per crab.

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