"Considerably," said Robert T. Brown, Sr., president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. "I'm not going to be able to put a percentage on it yet, but it's up quite a bit, especially over in the Cambridge, Tilghman Island area." Brenda Davis, manager of the state's Blue Crab Program, confirmed reports of improving harvests. Jim Livingston, a recreational crabber who has kept catch records for 15 years, says the season started slow, but he's been trapping plenty of mature blue crabs in the West and Rhode rivers in Anne Arundel County. "And I've done well right off my dock in 2 to 4 feet of water," he says.