World fisheries and aquaculture production of crab increased from 407 800 tonnes in 1970 to more than 2 million tonnes in 2005. Approximately 85-90 percent of total crab production comes from capture fisheries. Even if crab aquaculture is growing, it is mostly focused on production of freshwater crab in China. The main crab fishing countries are China, the United States and Canada, the three of them producing more than 70 percent of world crab production altogether.

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