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A disease that is nearly always fatal to blue crabs is affecting the young crab population in the Chesapeake Bay, says Jeff Shields, a scientist with the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences.
After a particularly harsh and long winter, the blue crab population is down significantly.
Knowing the intimate lives of blue crabs has real implications for Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and the outlook for the state's watermen.
A Montgomery County delegate wants to know when he goes into a restaurant whether the crab on the menu is from the Free State.
In Ocean City, Maryland's long-time seaside resort town, the creations of some of the low-key restaurants, crab shacks and strip mall seafood huts are proving to be just as much a draw as the Atlantic Ocean east of the Coastal Highway and scenic waterfront spots like Isle of Wight Bay and Assowoman Bay to the west.
Next time you get a hankering for a Maryland crab cake, you better ask whether it's made with fresh crab meat.
The Chesapeake Bay was fully stocked with blue crabs, but now the population is depleted, and retailers are having to pull them from out of state to bring them to the table.
Researchers say crabs are actually thriving on the growing amount of carbon pollution that's reaching the nation's largest estuary from the ocean.
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