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As Oyster Season Closes, Crabbing Season Opens

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - The crabbing season typically starts off slow, but this year could be slower than usual.  Watermen say that toward the end of the oyster season in March, they start to see crabs. However, this year watermen say they have not, which is a troubling sign.    

The oysters were flowing this winter and some watermen are sad to see the season end.

"It was definitely better than we were expecting," said waterman Jason Mills. "We had a good spat set and we had plenty of little oysters and they grew really well this winter."

Now Mills and many other watermen are turning their attention to crabbing. But despite a good season last year, Mills has his concerns about the season ahead.

"I have heard nobody has been seeing many crabs, and even us here in Cambridge haven't seen many crabs throughout the oyster season," Mills said. "Late in the oyster season we generally see the crabs moving but not this year."

If waterman are not catching many this summer, consumers could end up dishing out big bucks for a bushel of crabs.


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