The Chesapeake Bay has received its report card for 2014, and there is good and bad news. The Chesapeake Bay has once again received a grade of D+, but has increased in the health index by one point, placing it at a 32. This is the highest the health index rating has been since the 1960s, when The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was formed.
The positive news being received from the report card is that the overall quality of water within the bay is improving. This means that efforts to reduce the amount of pollution entering the bay are working, but it isn’t working fast enough. Nitrogen and phosphorus are still a problem for the bay, which means efforts to stop runoff from urbanized areas must increase. Farmers must also be more conscious of their efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff occurring due to their fields. The reports show that our efforts are working; we just need to increase the efforts and find new solutions to stop runoff, especially after heavy rainfalls.
Unfortunately, with the good news surrounding water quality, we have only poor news to report surrounding the Maryland Blue Crab. The Chesapeake Bay Report Card states that the overall population of the blue crab has dropped to only half of its 2012 level. We are also seeing the population level of adult female blue crabs at a level that is considered depleted. This means that new regulations along with an effort to increase the amount of habitat for the crabs must be put in place sooner rather than later to help save our Maryland Blue Crab.
At Box Hill, we continue to bring our loyal customers delicious Maryland Crab Cakes to enjoy throughout the year. We remain positive that the Chesapeake Bay will bounce back from the obstacles it continues to face and we can continue to serve only the highest quality crab cakes.
Not sure how to cook your crab cakes? Here are your steps!
- For 8-10 minutes, preheat your over at a temperature of 425 degrees.
- Use a pan without grease, using only a small amount of butter or water to cook your crab cakes on.
- Cook crab cakes for about 20 minutes, depending on your oven. Crab cakes should be firm and have a golden brown top with an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Located in Abingdon, Maryland, our crab cakes are available year round and can be ordered online to be shipped straight to your front door. Order online here or call us at (410)-515-3662. If you ever have any questions or comments about Box Hill or our Maryland crab cakes, use our contact form here.