I was talking to some commercial crabbers today on the eastern shore and the consensus is that crabbing is down overall in and around Maryland'd Mid Bay Chesapeake Bay area. I found it a little surprising given we had the press release from MD DNR at the beginning of the year touting how good the results were from the winter dredge survey. However, the numbers do not lie, prices are way up on on a bushel basis at wholesale/retail and the numbers of bushels coming in on the commercial boats are probably half what they were in the last previous years.
I am curious what everything thinks based on your experience crabbing this year in Maryland's Chesapeake Bay.
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