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Crab Prices Varied Going into Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

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Crabs are not as abundant as they were last month in the Chesapeake Bay (Photo:WBOC) Crabs are not as abundant as they were last month in the Chesapeake Bay (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Bushel baskets are coming ashore.  The crabs are here, but not nearly as many as watermen had hoped.

"Prices are through the roof right now.  Crabs for the last couple of weeks have been almost non-existent.  They've been very hard to get.  It's a combination of weather and seasonal cycle, a number of factors," said Roy Todd of Ocean Odyssey in Cambridge.

Prices on the shore are varied as a result.  A cost for a bushel of large number one males ranges from $230 to more than $300.

At T.L. Morris Seafood in Trappe, the price per bushel last year was $250. This year it is $230.

"We're a little bit lower than we were last year.  I think once we get past these next two weeks, prices will come down a bit," said Josh Parker, owner of T.L. Morris.

Parker said your best bet is to seek out the retailers offering local crabs.

"A lot of these places have out of state crabs which could potentially cost them more money.  We're buying local crabs, and that's the difference," said Parker.

Some say you might want to consider just waiting to avoid holiday pricing.

"In my opinion, I think it's a good week to have hot dogs, and wait until next week to have crabs," said Todd.

But for those who are adamant that they have crabs this weekend, it's all about shopping around.

"The person that absolutely has to have crabs for Memorial Day weekend is going to find shocking prices, short supply, and difficult availability.  I would say be patient, expect anything in the way of prices or availability.  If you absolutely have to have them I would say bite the bullet and have them," said Todd.

With several orders on the books for crabs, and many hungry customers, you may want to act fast if you want to buy in.

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