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One Hilton Head Restaurant Harvests Soft Shell Crabs On Site

Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks goes above and beyond

In 2014, Andrew Carmines, owner and general manager of Hilton Head’s Hudson’s Seafood on the Docks was driving three hours a day to and from Lady’s Island, South Carolina, for fresh soft-shell crab.

Previously, he ordered from local seafood purveyors, who, gun-shy about shipping the freshest, and therefore most-delicate and perishable soft-shells, would instead ship the molted crabs after the new shell had begun to form. When customers at the time complained about the papery texture, Carmines decided to change the system at his restaurant.

So, he built a soft-shell crab nursery. And, like many love stories at the beach, this one starts with a large male strutting his stuff to the ladies.