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.
The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crabs are not overfished, but fisheries managers should keep a close eye on this year’s harvest because of a cold winter that cut the population.
The head of the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Association says conditions are improving on the Chesapeake, where debris from Tropical Storm Lee has made it difficult to work on the bay.
The financial losses caused by last week’s flooding extend to more than just property on land.
A watermen’s group has stopped participating in discussions on crab management with the group’s head saying members oppose proposals for a catch-share system.
If you’re planning on having some steamed crabs for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, you’ll have plenty of company: demand is very high.