Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Because the adult blue crab population fell over winter due to the cold weather, you will have to wait until mid-summer when the young crabs mature are large enough to keep to get your fill. (Photo: Jay Diem/Delmarva Now)

Slow Start

Bay Crabs Healthy Despite Harsh Winter Crab lovers may have to wait a while to get your fill as the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay fell again this year for the second year in a row. However, a survey released May 9 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
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Blackwell Hitch in Old Town is serving soft shell crabs dusted in Old Bay with chyote salad and lime butter sauce. (Photo: Blackwell Hitch)

Soft Shell Crabs

Soft Shell Crabs Now on Area Menus As we told you last week, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population increased 35 percent from last year, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge survey. That means crabs should be more plentiful this year
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