By Jay Lloyd
ROCK HALL, Md. (CBS) — For anyone dreaming of those summer getaways to the Chesapeake Bay for heaping trays of steamed Maryland blue crabs, there may be something new on the menu.
Hot, steamed crabs being cracked at waterfront crab houses — that’s the sound of summer on the bay. But Maryland lawmakers are now concerned that some of the crab billed as “Maryland crab” is coming from out of state –- even out of the country — and sold as Maryland crab.
Lifelong waterman Chris Lingerman, who deals only in local crabs at his Chester River Seafood complex, agrees.
“You can get North Carolina crab a lot cheaper, or Delaware crab cheaper than Maryland crab, because Maryland is your best crab, usually,” he notes.
So, legislation is working its way through the House of Delegates in Annapolis, Md. The bill would require all out-of-state or imported crab be sold as such.
But there’s also a concern that the mandated limits on the striped bass catch is unintentionally reducing the harvest of Maryland crabs — the fish are gobbling up the young crustaceans. (After all, they are the sweetest crabs on the planet!)