ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland natural resources officials say they want to buy back more crab licenses, and it might be worth waiting to see if the price goes up.

The Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that it is offering between $4,000 and $9,000 depending on the type of license. State officials say they are hoping to retire another 400 to 500 licenses. After buying licenses offered at base prices, the state could offer between $5,000 and $12,000 if it has money left.

Many of Maryland’s 6,000 crabbing licenses are not actively used and the state began buying back licenses in 2009 to make it easier to manage the crab population.

The first buyback retired about 700 limited licenses and about 650 inactive watermen hold licenses involved in the current program.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. Jim says:

    that would be all well and good for the people who hold a license that also have a regular job. They crab on the weekend and mess the market up for people like myself that crab for a living. The money they are offering is not nearly enough for soomeone that makes thier living from this.

    1. sorry for society says:

      I agree with you. Not a crabber, but I know someone who is a “weekend crabber”. He crabs every weekend (all of a 3 day weekend) whether he has use for the crabs or not. Sometimes he sells them, sometimes he gives them away…sometimes they go to waste. It’s a crime. I’m sorry for you. But…from what I understand he does take a beating from you “working guys”. He gets cussed at, gestured, and threatened just for being out there! ! Kind of funny! But I love the bay…maryland….and honest folks trying to make a living!

  2. Willie man hanging says:

    Crabs are scavengers & eat dead s…..t. You eat them & eventually you will be dead s……t. This is called the ultimate recycling. Hope all you idiots like mercury, phosphorous, nitrogen & lead in your diets.

    1. sorry for society says:

      Seriously? Probably from someone who smokes or does drugs, and I am sure does not eat a stictly organic home grown diet. (or probably someone who doesn’t provide any contribution to society, but thinks their opinions count.) Chemicals are probably in everything we eat! You call people you don’t know idiots based soley on their liking of crabs? Who’s really the idiot?

      1. willie man hanging says:

        Sorry for society, You have it a little backwards Bubba. It should be Society is sorry for your ass.

  3. sorry for society says:

    Above reply…..Bubba? Common verbage like “sorry for your ASS? And I have it backwards? I’m not a Bubba. I’ve worked for 30 years in Medical Care management, volunteered my time for many needy causes; raised 2 kids as a single mom, putting them both through college…and never took a dime from state or federal assistance programs…Often worked two jobs in order to do so. My biggest attribute…I’m not a hater. I’m sorry for you. Your life must suck to be so hateful.

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