Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) is the most important commercial crab species in eastern Canada and an important component to Prince Edward Island’s fishing economy. Snow crab thrives in the cool pristine waters off Prince Edward Island. Snow crab is harvested off the North Shore in the Gulf of St. Lawerence. The Atlantic snow crab is a crustacean (like lobster and shrimp) that is highly prized around the world for its succulent meat. Once cooked, the shell turns to a vivid orange and the meat has a firm texture with a sweet and flavourful taste.