As a native Marylander, my love for the blue crab is home grown. It has been with great sadness that I've watched the decline of one of the greatest fisheries in the world and with it the fate of the blue crab. Limits on harvest were weak at best and no one could convince the crabmen that unless they changed their ways, there would be no crab to harvest.
It was with a glimmer of hope that the Washington Post reported that blue crab populations have rebounded (article links here). Are the crabs back for good? It's much too soon to tell but if there are three consistent years of population growth then there might be reason to celebrate. Let's hope Virginia and Maryland keep the limits on harvesting of females and ending the dredge fishing. In the meantime I'll keep my fingers crossed for the days full of fat, plentiful crabs.