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.
PHILIP ELLIOTT Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Do not wear your Sunday Best. That’s the first rule for eating messy crabs here on the Chesapeake Bay. Everything else — demonstrating brutal hammer skills, sending…
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.
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.
Combine record-high surface water temperatures on
the Chesapeake Bay and dissolved oxygen in the
waters, and fish can have problems.
Environmentalists devoted to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay say cleaning the bay not only will produce more crabs and oysters, but also create almost a quarter of a million jobs.