Maryland Crab Season Ends on a Blue Note - Boxhill Crabcakes


Maryland Crab Season Ends on a Blue Note

While the Chesapeake Bay was filled with crabs last winter, it’s ended this year’s crab season very depleted, so much so that it’s being called the worst crab season in 20 years.


So what’s behind the poor season? According to the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association, it’s the strong population of striped bass, also known as rockfish, in the bay this year. Striped bass are protected by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, so their population has grown significantly. They are also natural predators of blue crabs. In addition, the blue crabs natural habitat, grasses that grow in the bay, is growing thin, leaving crabs with few places to hide from predators like striped bass. Add in pollution that’s leftover from the huge amount of runoff deposited by hurricane’s Sandy and Irene, and the numbers look pretty low. The crab population has rebounded from low numbers in years past, so here’s hoping it can do the same for next year.


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