I have crabbed all my life and I have seen a lot more crabs like that in recent years than I have in past years.I seem to think that these crabs may have been bitten when soft.
Dippers are not new technology. They have been around since at least the 1920's.I have crabbed all my life and I have seen a lot more crabs like that in recent years than I have in past years.
I have wondered if crabs like that may have been caught as lights or smalls in a patent dipper basket and damaged by other crabs while being towed in the basket.
I wonder what the impact is to crabs caught in dippers that are released. Its a relatively new gear type that is now widely used by comms and I don't know but I have to suspect there has been no scientific research to determine the adverse impacts to crabs that are captured in dippers and then released.
I am not trying to start a rec vs comm debate, its a legitimate concern to wonder about the impacts of that gear to individual crabs that are released, and the larger question of the potential adverse population impacts of adoption of a new commercial harvest gear.....
I was commenting on the widespread use of them by MD commercial crabbers--the use of dippers has skyrocketed in recent years in the areas I crab on both Eastern and Western shore.Dippers are not new technology. They have been around since at least the 1920's.