Maryland Crabs


  • Tommy Zinn checks the size of a freshly caught blue crab before segregating it by sex, male or female. (Glenn Fawcett/The Baltimore Sun)

  • This is a view of crab shacks in the town of Tylerton on Smith Island. There are only a few crabbers left, and only 55 full time residents of the once-thriving town. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / The Baltimore Sun)

  • Steamed crabs are served on the deck at Captain James Landing Crab House in Fells Point. (Amy Davis/Baltimore)

  • Nancy Devine prepares crab cakes at Faidley Seafood in Lexington Market. (Glenn Fawcett/The Baltimore Sun)

  • Waterman Mark Somers maneuvers his boat, the "Barbara J." along a long line of crab pots in the Chesapeake Bay. (Glenn Fawcett/The Baltimore Sun)

  • Diners eat crabs at Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / The Baltimore Sun)



Icky or delicious? Maryland's complicated relationship with soft-shell crabs

They're slimy and slippery when raw. Cooked in a sandwich, their spindly legs and grabby claws poke out from the slices of bread.

Campaign's in full swing at Crisfield festival

Political junkies flock to annual Tawes event.

Anne Arundel students build a better crab trap

For years, environmentalists and watermen have been searching for a way to deal with the Chesapeake Bay's "ghost pots."

Maryland to limit female crab catch

Harvest reduction planned in response to drop in population.

Soft-Shell Crab Celebration coming to Baltimore restaurants

Some dozen Baltimore restaurants will be adding special soft-shell crab specials to their menus for Baltimore's fifth annual Soft-Shell Crab Celebration.

Chesapeake Bay grasses decline for third year

Vital shelter for crabs, fish at lowest level in 36 years.

Drop in Bay's crab population to bring new catch curbs

With a new survey finding the Chesapeake Bay's crab population at its lowest level in five years after a poor spawn last year, Maryland officials announced Friday they would move to tighten catch limits on the region's iconic crustacean.

Maryland's blue crab season will likely have a slow start

April 1 is the official start to the blue crab harvest in Maryland. But don't reach for your mallet just yet.

Could chilly Chesapeake spell slow crab season?

Scientists say bay water temperatures overall about average, too soon to predict catch.