Maryland Crabbing Seeks Eco-Friendly Status

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Roll up your sleeves and grab your wooden mallets — April marks the official beginning of crab season. And supply and demand of the Maryland blue crab is expected to rise if Maryland fisheries earn Marine Stewardship Council certification.

The Council awards its stamp of approval when fisheries’ total catches are at “levels that ensure fish populations and the ecosystems on which they depend remain healthy and productive for today’s and future generations’ needs.”

Maryland started serious sustainability reforms in 2008 when the crab population was dangerously declining. Among those reforms were limiting the number of crabs harvested, limiting the harvest season, and freezing certain Limited Crab Harvester (LCC) commercial licenses.

People find Maryland crabs especially tasty and people find restaurants that serve sustainable food especially savory. Certification could be a win-win.

 



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