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.
Crabs are crawling early out of the mud in the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay, and that’s only the beginning of changes expected from the warm, dry winter in the nation’s largest estuary.
Maryland’s ghost pot retrieval program starts again next month. State officials say watermen have until Friday to apply for work under the program.
It’s a numbers game that effects livelihoods to dinner tables in Maryland. And right now the count is on.
Out of the Chesapeake’s many problems, add sexual imbalance. It’s become a real possibility among the bay’s blue crabs.
Male crabs have their pick of mates in the Chesapeake Bay.