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« on: May 24, 2013, 12:35:48 PM »

I was watching channel 3 news last night, a reporter in Sea Isle was interviewing a seafood outlet owner. The owner claimed that due to pollution from Sandy crabs were very scarce this year and that the price  would increase $50 to$60 a bushel.A commercial clammer stated clamming was about 70% of normal.I think time will tell if the slow start of the crabbing season is due to the cold spring we have experienced or if Sandy will have a negative impact on the season.I'm hoping its just the cold weather and crabbing will return to normal when the water warms.I have not been on the water this season so I have no first hand reports but judging from the site it seems very slow so far.Good luck to all.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 01:56:47 PM »

It's slow.   Plus the shed is on here.    Meh...
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2013, 08:40:24 PM »

People like the seafood outlet owner should not make such statements unless they have scientific evidence to back it up. I have not seen a scientific report mentioning any remaining pollution. After a few tidal cycles everything was either washed out to sea or filtered by the bay. I see nothing else to blame but cold water temperatures at this point.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2013, 04:29:22 AM »

People like the seafood outlet owner should not make such statements unless they have scientific evidence to back it up. I have not seen a scientific report mentioning any remaining pollution. After a few tidal cycles everything was either washed out to sea or filtered by the bay. I see nothing else to blame but cold water temperatures at this point.
  I agree 100%  but with that being said  I have been on the water about 8 times this year  4 of them crabbing  same area I have crabbed the last 5 years  I would say that there is less than half the comm pots on the water ( which tells you there is less crabs)  I have not had one good outing and the water is now around 65 degrees which is the norm   things should be jumping  It could be from Sandy  or it might just be a cylce   but things are a little off this year where I crab  Now with that said  I hope I am 100% wrong   Here is to a great year crabbing thumbsup
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