Dungeness crab are found throughout the Northeast Pacific in Washington, Oregon, California, British Columbia, and Alaska. Dungeness crab have low inherent vulnerability to fishing pressure due to characteristics like high fecundity and a relatively short lifespan, according to Seafood Watch. Their abundance fluctuates cyclically, likely due to environmental conditions. Their stock abundance is uncertain, Seafood Watch reported. British Columbia has a regionally limited stock assessment for the crab, and the U.S. lacks a formal independent stock assessment program. Despite that, data from landings appear to show that the stocks are not overfished.