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Maryland Crab Season Begins, Oyster Season Continues

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  For months, if you wanted a crabcake at the Cambridge Yacht Club, you were out of luck.  Chef Jessica Simmons says customers could tell the difference between a fresh and pasteurized Maryland crab, so they now only serve during the season.

"We like to support the local watermen and use crabmeat from Dorchester county," said Simmons.

Now that we're in season, the crab cakes and crab balls should soon be on tables, but not so fast says Josh Parker of TL Morris Seafood.

"The water temperatures are still too cold number one.  Usually it won't be until the end of April until we start getting anything trot lining.  Crab potting, they start catching things in about two weeks.  But the way this temperature is, it's probably not looking to good," said Parker.

But it's hard to have too much of a frown when you have crab season and oyster season open at the same time.  You read right, a two week extension to the oyster season has been given to the watermen, to make up for the mess this winter.  Josh Tieder says he's glad to have the work.

"With crabbing potentially pushed back so far, it really helps a lot of us out," said Tieder.

But even still, the winter took it's toll.  That's why Tieder is working on a small boat, his normal work boat blew a transmission in the ice.

"I was down for about two or three weeks, so I kind of had to improvise and do what I could do to make a dollar."

It's slow going, and hard work, but he's more than happy to have two extra weeks to work.  In the meantime, he's excited to see what the crabbing will bring once it warms up.  And it seems there will be plenty of customers on shore.

"People come from Annapolis to have crabmeat from the eastern shore, so it's definitely high demand," said Chef Simmons.

The hope is that this year, there will be high supply as well.
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