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« on: February 20, 2017, 11:07:46 AM »

I was curious as to when the Chesapeake seasonal crab population forecast occurs and who does it?

I did come across this article, which is positive...

https://phys.org/news/2017-01-chesapeake-bay-health.html
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2017, 11:42:41 AM »

It should be a good season due to the mild winter we have had , hope it stays mild the next two months .
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2017, 01:00:26 PM »

 the winter dredge survey won't be out till mid to late april if not later.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 02:43:07 PM »

The unofficial word on the street is that there should be plenty of crabs this year. Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 03:39:45 PM »

good to hear.
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« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2017, 10:23:32 AM »

It will be a great year in Southern NJ,  however I predict the overall crab population will be diminished some by the end of fall,   my traps and creek ship are ready to harvest them right now!
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« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2017, 11:58:47 AM »

One guy I know that I'll be taking along fishing and crabbing with this year predicts that he thinks that it won't be as good as last year. He's been crabbing 70 years or so.
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« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2017, 06:03:09 PM »

I had one of the best years last year.  ALSO a ton of little crabs.  Those little crabs can only get bigger! With warmer temps and better water conditions, one would only assume that means a great crabbing year. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2017, 06:35:14 PM »

Waiting to hear from my commercial friends on how the season is doing in Virginia.  Last year they did well early on. As long as they are running by August to till end of Oct, that's my time  to crab. Last year was great during that time, but caught more paper shells then expected in the end of October.
Patience is the word for me, expecting to do as well as last season.
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2017, 01:06:28 AM »

I had one of the best years last year.  ALSO a ton of little crabs.  Those little crabs can only get bigger! With warmer temps and better water conditions, one would only assume that means a great crabbing year.  
I think there will be a lot of crabs too. Probably not as many 7-8 inch crabs like we had 2016 for most of the season. Usually the early crabs start out as smaller crabs, we'll see. Sometimes we can have a bad year after a good year and visa versa for an unknown or unexpected  reason
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