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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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The blue crab popluation in the Chesapeake Bay is down 18 percent this year according to the state's dredge report. (Photo: Ivy City Smokehouse/Facebook)

Blue Crab Season

Blue Crab Population in Bay Down This Year Attention blue crab lovers, get your fill now while you can. They may become scarce by mid-summer because of a drop in the Chesapeake Bay’s crab population this year. Despite an 31 percent increase in the number of adult female
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