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« on: January 11, 2012, 12:22:22 PM »


"Strict harvest restrictions designed to protect the bay's crab population have pushed the ratio of females to males, also known as Jimmies, to nearly 3-to-1, said Tuck Hines of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center."


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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2012, 12:28:16 PM »

Intresting . good read.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2012, 12:40:41 PM »

Better Look out now..................NO JIMMIES for a few years to get the ratio back to "normal"...I never trust anything the State/Government says or does....They all work for the "GRANT" money...And they keep finding "problems" they "need" to fix.... Wink
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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2012, 12:42:19 PM »

Time to open the season for a female harvest.  Wink laugh laugh
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2012, 12:48:26 PM »

Time to open the season for a female harvest.  Wink laugh laugh




They'll never do that...that would make too much sense... Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2012, 01:04:03 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2012, 01:08:59 PM »

Maybe this explains the lack of heavy male crabs last fall. They were too busy chasin all the ladies that needed some lovin and swam all their fat off....sorta like a post rut buck being very lean...??
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2012, 01:20:08 PM »

Better Look out now..................NO JIMMIES for a few years to get the ratio back to "normal"...I never trust anything the State/Government says or does....They all work for the "GRANT" money...And they keep finding "problems" they "need" to fix.... Wink

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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2012, 02:30:39 PM »

Tell us something we don't already know.... Cool 
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2012, 04:26:41 PM »

I didnt notice that in the Wye last season but the year before I did.  I was catching 2 dozen females for every 8 male crabs for the most part in 2010.  And some very big females at that.  It was just a tough year at the wye for male and females crabs last year.  But picked up after that small hurricane.  Maybe they should let us keep 2 dozen females per bushel for those who like them.
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2012, 09:31:51 PM »

The timing of this press release seems odd....  Undecided Why wasn't this an issue when last years WDS numbers were released? ...   Lips Sealed  How will this new issue effect this years WDS numbers? ....   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012, 09:53:14 PM »

The timing of this press release seems odd....  Undecided Why wasn't this an issue when last years WDS numbers were released? ...   Lips Sealed  How will this new issue effect this years WDS numbers? ....   Roll Eyes
      WDS?Huh? numbers
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2012, 10:15:49 PM »

      WDS?Huh? numbers

Winter Dredge Survey...  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2012, 03:20:02 AM »

I would certainly think with limited harvest on Females this would be normal. I would also think should the trend continue the Female catch will be corrected - time is the issue here.

Believe it or not Mother Nature will rule. Just as it does with the Wolves. A providence in Canada decided it had too many Wolves so they hire guns to come in and thin the population. When they did they found the Wolf population actually increased because the Wolves breed to maintain a population according to the food supply. The fewer the Wolf population the more they bred.

If all human consumption of the crabs were to cease, they would find their natural balance. As long as we Humans intervene in their population it will vary according to our intervention.

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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2012, 07:26:31 AM »

The timing of this press release seems odd....  Undecided Why wasn't this an issue when last years WDS numbers were released? ...   Lips Sealed  How will this new issue effect this years WDS numbers? ....   Roll Eyes

The Smithsonian organization is independent of DNR. It is also the same organization that told DNR at a meeting, their 8% estimate of recreational harvest was way off.
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2012, 07:31:17 AM »

I never saw where the "Study" was made, that could make a BIG Difference in the ratio of Females to Males....Never trust a Study Group being funded my Taxpayer Money....They're all working for Job security... Wink
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2012, 09:19:02 AM »

Winter Dredge Survey...  Wink
Thanks, getting the book beautiful swimmers today so maybe i will learn more about crabs.  I know how 2 catch them but its important to learn all we can about them. So our grandkids can enjoy what we enjoy.
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« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2012, 11:42:46 AM »

Lots of jimmies will be shoot'n blanks if they're not steamed first.    Undecided  Does this mean most of the females will leave the area every winter, maybe finding another place to breed?
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« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2012, 11:48:24 AM »

Lots of jimmies will be shoot'n blanks if they're not steamed first.    Undecided  Does this mean most of the females will leave the area every winter, maybe finding another place to breed?
  They only have one shot at mating...
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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2012, 11:50:50 AM »

Males?
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2012, 11:55:32 AM »

Males?
Females mate once, males multiple Wink
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2012, 11:56:40 AM »

  They only have one shot at mating...

I was told on this site that females mate more then once.  Maybe i will find out for sure today when the book beautiful swimmers arrives.
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« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2012, 11:58:30 AM »

What happens to all those females that don't find a mate?  Will they look somewhere else? We might see those 10" crabs soon, but they will be females.
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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2012, 12:10:49 PM »

I was told on this site that females mate more then once.  Maybe i will find out for sure today when the book beautiful swimmers arrives.


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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2012, 12:12:50 PM »

What happens to all those females that don't find a mate?  Will they look somewhere else? We might see those 10" crabs soon, but they will be females.

The last couple of years was the first time I remember catching multiple doublers where the male was undersize...
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