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Chesapeake Bay blue crab population sees big gains

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Just as Marylanders prepare to steam them up and eat them by the bushel, blue crabs are on the rise in the Chesapeake Bay, according to an annual population report.

Scientists from Maryland and Virginia estimate there are 594 million crabs in the estuary, up from 371 million when they conducted a count last year.

Maryland Cuts Crabbing Season 10 Days Shorter Due to Drop in Crustacean Population


As a precautionary measure, state officials have implemented a new rule for crabbing season this year: “No harvest of female hard crabs after November 20, 2017.”

Report Advises ‘Cautious’ Crabbing After 18 Percent Decline in Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population

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The results of this year’s annual crab population survey may have Marylanders feeling a little salty.

Top Stories: $1.3M Roland Park Victorian for Sale, Traffic Cameras Return to I-95 (and to City, Soon), ‘Mansplaining’ Mural at Hopkins


Our top post this week was Cynthia McIntyre’s Hot House column about a historic Roland Park Victorian mansion that recently hit the market at a price of nearly $1.3 million. The nine-bedroom home has retained classic features — cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim, to name a few – even through a 2004 renovation that gave it a new paint job, roof, plumbing and electrical work, as well as restored windows.

The abode at 5607 Roland Avenue was originally built in 1897 as a model for a planned development called Normandy Heights that never quite materialized. Architect George F. Barber designed eight houses set back from Roland Avenue to serve as livable blueprints.

Despite its ornate trappings, Cynthia noted its “scale and simplicity create an airy, modern feeling that many Victorian homes don’t have,” and said a buyer “could, by opening all the pocket doors, have a virtually open floor plan.”

Our other most popular stories over the last seven days were as follows:

Andrew Zimmern Taps Baltimore Again for ‘Bizarre Foods’ on Travel Channel

One of several featured foods on the episode.
One of several featured foods on the episode.

The unique culinary tastes of Baltimore are making a comeback on cable television.

The Chesapeake Bay Has a Lot More Blue Crabs Than Usual This Year


blue-crabBlue crabs are key to the Chesapeake Bay’s place as a seafood power, as well as the summer satisfaction of our stomachs in Maryland. This year, the crustaceans are more plentiful than ever.

Where, When, Why & How to Eat Maryland Crabs


steamed crabs

Happy crab season, everyone! In honor of every Marylander’s favorite food, Eater just published a massive round-up of everything you could ever want to know about crabs.

Two High School Seniors Found a Solution to the Chesapeake’s Derelict Crab Traps



They’re called “ghost pots” — abandoned crab traps that sit at the bottom of the bay and continue to catch and kill crabs and other species — and they’re bad. Ghost pots sit too deep to pull out of the water, but it’s dangerous to let them continue to accumulate. According to a 2008 study, there are already 85,000 of them in Maryland’s piece of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Has More Crab Population Troubles



Man, will this ever end? Last winter saw the Chesapeake Bay’s crab population dip lower than it has in five years — and drop nearly two-thirds from the year before. Oddly, “the number of female crabs increased substantially despite the overall decline.” Even so, the Department of Natural Resources has decided to introduce a limit on the number of females crabbers can take per day this season (which runs from April 1 to December 15), hoping for a big population rebound next year.