Hello readers do you enjoy a trip to one of Maryland’s local restaurants or their beaches to pick and eat Maryland Blue Crabs? I love to drive down to Chesapeake Beach for crabs and sit there for several hours picking crabs and socializing with friends. This is one of my favorite past times during the summer season; and one I’ll love for as long as I live. Our family has been doing this for years but we felt the pain of paying high prices for crabs last year and we didn’t get to enjoy as many pickings and eatings as we would have liked.
In the past few years, crabs haven’t been as plentiful as they once were because the crab supply wasn’t as great as they use to be. This caused the price of Blue Crabs to explode and many people could not afford to eat them. Also, during this period, the crabs did not appear to be as large as other years.
According to an April 19, 2012 local CBS Baltimore News announcement, the Maryland Blue Crabs are on a comeback; researchers have found that there is a population explosion taking place in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
I’m thrilled to death to hear this great news and I definitely wanted to pass it on to other Blue Crab pickers and eaters. To me, there’s “no” crab that tastes as good as the Maryland Blue Crab. Their flavor is beyond describing…yum!
Alex Diametric a CBS reporter reported that they have some promising news to pass on to the public about increases in the crab numbers this year in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
Gov. Martin O’Malley made an announcement also that he is glad to report that the populations of Blue Crabs are now at a 19 year high.
According to the local CBS Baltimore News announcement, this year’s blue crab survey, 764 million crabs spent their winter in the Bay; a 66 percent increase from last year. It was also reported that the juvenile Blue Crabs have reached a whopping record high of approximately 600 million; this is triple last year’s 207 million.
According to Lynn Fegley from the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service, by having such a large supply of crabs will support the fishery late this summer and fall.
It was also reported that in 2008 the states crab harvest restriction on females proved to increase the crab numbers of crabs in the bay; waterman are hoping the restrictions will be eased. Also reported, Larry Simms, president of the Maryland Waterman’s Association indicated remaining restrictions will hamper fisherman.
CBS local Baltimore News Report http://www.baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/04/19/crab-data-to-be-released/
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