Blue Crab Boom: 553 Million Crabs Estimated In Annual Winter Dredge

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Dust off your crab mallets because it’s shaping up to be a great crab season in Maryland.

Alex DeMetrick reports on what’s behind the rise in crab numbers in the bay.

Like a lot of watermen, Blair Baltus is rushing to get his crab pots ready, for a season that’s starting earlier than usual.

“We had a warm March and the water temperature’s come up.  It’s all dictated by water temperature,” he says.

But an early catch is only part of the good news. The annual crab survey conducted over the winter found a surge in the bay’s blue crab population, estimated at 550 million crabs.