Rough winter makes way for healthy summer in crab populations

Blue crabs. Photo by nate steiner via Flickr

Blue crabs. Photo by nate steiner via Flickr

Earlier this year, I reported on how crab retailers had a hard time toward the end of winter getting the volume of crabs they needed to keep up with their customers.

Apparently, the bleak days are over.

The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee recently released their report for the current blue crab season, and things seems to be looking fine.

The report revealed that the stock in the Chesapeake Bay is not overfished and is within which overfishing is not occurring.

Jeff Jurkowski owns Jeff’s Got Crabs & Seafood on East Prospect in York. Earlier this year, Jurkowski was struggling to get the number of crabs he needed.

Now, he said, things have improved.

“Generally, I have crabs coming in everyday,” he said.

The size has improved, too, he said. Earlier this year, jumbo crabs were not available regularly, he said.

“Right now, I have eight jumbos in my refrigerator,” he said. “That’s not as many as I might want, but it’s better than nothing.”

The one thing Jurkowski is waiting on now is the price. He is paying about 20 percent more than this time last year, he said.

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