The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has dropped steeply, according to an annual survey released Friday, and Maryland officials said they will work with the crabbing industry to reduce bushel limits by about 10 percent for female crabs this year.
For months, there’s been a countdown on the Maryland Seafood website, ticking down the months, days, hours, minutes and even seconds to the most anticipated seafood season of the year: crabbing season.
Maryland crabbing industry officials say electronic harvest reporting is catching on.
If you are one of the early birds looking for crabs this season, you’ve probably been disappointed. Maryland is one of many states experiencing a crab shortage.
While damage from Sandy hit fast and hard, the effects on the Chesapeake Bay have taken longer to gauge.
Will we have a warm fall or an early winter? Baltimore’s own weather-predicting crab is making his prediction.
Maryland’s crab harvest last year led the nation. That’s according to figures released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
On the serene Potomac River, Rocky Rice’s crab-pot markers stretched for miles, an orange-dotted rope floating on water that sparkled like jewels under a bright summer sun.
Spring’s crab glut has quickly become summer’s crab shortage. And with crab consumption a summer ritual on Delmarva, crustacean connoisseurs could be in for some disappointment.
There are new concerns over the Chesapeake Bay crab population. Environmentalists worry that regulations to protect female crabs are causing a sperm shortage from the males.
Crabbers are reporting a sharp shortage in their catch this season. With the Fourth of July rush on the crustaceans right around the corner, restaurants are scrambling to cover the demand.
If warm, dry weather feels good to us, we aren’t alone. It’s also been having an impact on crabs and fish in the bay.