BALTIMORE (AP) — Seafood dealers say crabs are plentiful in Maryland for the long holiday weekend.

Prices on the Eastern Shore were as low as $100 a bushel for the largest male crabs, known as No. 1 crabs, ahead of the holiday weekend, but were running higher in Baltimore and were expected to increase along with holiday demand.

The bay’s crab population has been rebounding following harvest restrictions put in place in 2008 in response to a sharp drop in crab numbers. However, the most recent winter dredge survey showed cold weather had killed as many as a third of the bay’s adult crabs. Despite the winter cold, dealers say the catch has been good so far this year.

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