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« on: April 05, 2010, 12:00:37 PM »

On this morning's early news they had a report that Maryland's crabs are running earlier than normal and that they are in good supply.According to the waterman interviewed they had feared because of the snow storms etc. we would have a late first run such as last year. But since it warmed up earlier right after the blizzards he said water has reached 52F earlier than normal and the critters are out of the mud and running in great numbers. I looked on WMAR's website but couldn't find any article or video. Anyway, good news I suppose and hope they hold out in quality and quality and make it north so I can nab a few Jimmies for the pot!!

I missed the midwinter survey, anybody recall what the results were like?
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 12:04:40 PM »

On this morning's early news they had a report that Maryland's crabs are running earlier than normal and that they are in good supply.According to the waterman interviewed they had feared because of the snow storms etc. we would have a late first run such as last year. But since it warmed up earlier right after the blizzards he said water has reached 52F earlier than normal and the critters are out of the mud and running in great numbers. I looked on WMAR's website but couldn't find any article or video. Anyway, good news I suppose and hope they hold out in quality and quality and make it north so I can nab a few Jimmies for the pot!!

I missed the midwinter survey, anybody recall what the results were like?


It hasn't been released yet.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2010, 12:07:31 PM »



Your report seems to suggest a bright future crabbing. I just hope that fellow doesn't come on this year reporting where all the crabs are........................ Grin laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh

Actually Bean I am looking forward to them.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2010, 12:18:15 PM »

THE BEAN IS BACK!  Looking forward to your reports bean!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2010, 12:20:04 PM »


It hasn't been released yet.


Just read it is available mid April:

 

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Crab Season Promises Busy Time for Natural Resources Police
by MORGAN GIBSON

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2010) -- Maryland Natural Resources Police spent the winter cracking down on oyster violations and poaching problems, so with that season coming to a close, you think they'd get a breather.

But crabbing season, which begins April 1, is expected to be an even busier time.

Crabbing is a lot more popular than oysters. In turn, the number of crabbing crimes committed per year is about three times the number of oyster violations, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, public information officer for the Natural Resources Police.

There were about 140,000 oyster bushels harvested in Maryland in 2009, but almost 950,000 crab bushels.

There are 5,887 commercial crab licenses in Maryland, more than 10 times the number of commercial oyster licenses. There are 48,500 recreational crab licenses -- recreational oystermen aren't even tracked.

The Maryland crab harvest makes up more than 50 percent of the annual U.S. catch.

It's not just crabbing driving the law enforcement work load. Windemuth said it's also boating season, parks and recreation season, as well as prime time for tidal and inland fishing.

The police's nighttime anti-poaching patrols will "most definitely" still be going on, Windemuth said.

The Department of Natural Resources is also going to emphasize enforcement for both recreational and commercial blue crab fishing, said Brenda Davis, the department's blue crab program manager.

The population of Maryland's state crustacean has declined 70 percent since the early 1990s, and so for the past two years, crabbing has been restricted in an effort to reduce female crab harvesting and rebuild the overall blue crab population.

Last week, the department announced that regulations will continue for this season, including bushel limits for mature female hard crabs as well as a few closure periods for commercial female harvest throughout the season.

Commercial harvest for mature females will end Nov. 10, while commercial harvest for males won't end till Dec. 15.

Also, recreational crabbers are prohibited from harvesting female hard crabs. Female soft crabs, may be kept.

The female bushel limits and closure periods are subject to change, however, based on the most recent winter crab dredge survey, which measures the amount of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay each year. The survey is available mid-April and is conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Capital News Service contributed to this report.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 12:56:14 PM »

With all the cuts that have been made I dont know who is left to enforce the rules or I guess I should say if they have the funds to do so. Just got out monthly catch reports in the mail with a letter stating some new rules.
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 03:57:06 PM »

They were supposed to be in great numbers last year and I didn't see it at all. So I guess we'll just have to go out there and see for ourselves. With the ramp closings on the E.S., I'm sure there will be even more people at the remaining spots.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 04:44:07 PM »

I was tending to a few of my waterfront properties in M.R. today and there were a [curd] load of party police out.  Not to mention...well like I said not to mention Grin
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« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2010, 06:36:06 PM »

Sorry, but nothing's happening in MD yet. The numbers have been bad in comparison to last yr for those potters dropping pots. Angry
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