The food and drink world has long been in mourning after the death of one of its greatest icons.
The story of the world’s favourite green crab, the western Australian fish, has been well documented in books, television shows and movies.
But the Western Australian Government’s attempt to make a commercial out of the beloved Western Australian crab is being widely mocked.
Read moreIn the late 19th century, the Australian crab was the most popular dish in western Australia.
But its popularity faded as it became harder to find and tougher to keep alive.
In the early 20th century its popularity waned as it was not as nutritious as it had been in the past.
But by the 1970s, with the arrival of the potato crop, the population of western Australian crabs had exploded.
But even as the population grew, it took until the mid-2000s for its numbers to recover and in the meantime, the fish had become a target for people who hated it because of its green colour.
“I think it’s been pretty well forgotten by most of the population,” Dr Stephen Snedden, a conservation biologist with the State Government’s department of Fisheries, told the ABC.
Dr Sneden said while the fish may have been eaten, it was still alive, and the community was looking for the “true” story of how the fish got its name.
“The story that they tell is that it’s actually a little bit of a misnomer, that it is actually the western grey crab, that’s actually actually a species of the common crab.
It’s actually the eastern grey crab,” he said.”
Dr Sdedden said he hoped the story would inspire the public to learn about the crab’s heritage.””
In the last 10 years we’ve seen a lot of changes to the fishery, we’ve also seen the decline of the species.”
Dr Sdedden said he hoped the story would inspire the public to learn about the crab’s heritage.
“One of the things that I hope people will learn is the history of this fish, its origin, how it’s come to be in our waters,” he told the Australian.
“They’ve been known as a delicacy and that it will probably be extinct in 20 years.”
The story behind the popular dishDr Sedden said it was an old story, dating back to the early 18th century.
“A young boy named James Cook was travelling from England to Australia, and he had just caught a bunch of crabs and they all seemed to be eating him,” he explained.
“He was a young boy, so he thought he’d get a piece of it and he got it and that was the end of it.”
But the young man who caught it, George Denton, went on to become the first person to ever capture a western grey.
“It was in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and it was probably in a place called Denton’s Reef,” Dr Snedens said.
Topics:aquaculture,fish,fish-and-mammals,food-and/or-cooking,government-and–politics,australiaFirst posted November 16, 2018 14:28:12Contact Emily MaitlandMore stories from Western Australia