Maryland crab suppliers are saying the summer of 2013 has ended up being their worst season in 20 years.
Maryland crab suppliers are reportedly saying the summer of 2013 has ended up being their worst season in 20 years.
Earlier reports from the season were promising, touting big catches and lots of potential.
However, a cold snap, strong winds, and a heat spell have all conspired to make the season fall far short of expectations.
That’s the theory, anyway. One experienced fisherman said he hasn’t heard any viable explanation.
He also said he’s frustrated by the lack of serious attention the shortage seems to be getting.
Commercial catches are reported to be 60 to 70 percent below the norm.
Restaurants nationwide are scrambling for product. What little is available is commanding stratospheric prices.
Suppliers have turned to using crabs from Louisiana, Texas and Florida to fill orders.
Some customers have unfavorably commented on the difference in flavor, but others think they’re just as sweet and tasty as the ones typically caught locally.
Regardless, the crab shacks that fill the Maryland coastline need a lot of them.
One establishment reported that they can go through as much as 10 thousand dollars of it in a weekend – and that, by the way, is wholesale.