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(WTKR)   Blue crabs are hard to come by this year. Guess that shampoo is working   (wtkr.com) divider line 21
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2013-07-16 09:57:44 AM  
This article tells a story if you're willing to read between the lines.

The people who said this:
Some in the industry say it's also due in part to restrictions and regulations

Paid the people who said this:
According to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, overfishing is not the problem.

It's good to see that the people running the Marine Resources Commission know who they work for.
 
2013-07-16 09:57:45 AM  
FTFA: "said Mark Sanford"

pubrecord.org
 
2013-07-16 09:57:55 AM  
FTA: "Some in the industry say it's also due in part to restrictions and regulations, but whatever the cause, it's a big problem for crabbers throughout the region."

These "some in the industry" types are what we like to call "idiots" for their inability to realize that those "restrictions and regulations" keep what's left of their catch alive for the next season.
 
2013-07-16 09:59:08 AM  
I blame Crab Tease Porn not delivering.
 
2013-07-16 10:02:01 AM  
Nooooooooooo!

I'm getting a bushel this weekend for a family gathering.
 
2013-07-16 10:05:00 AM  

Cheeseface: FTA: "Some in the industry say it's also due in part to restrictions and regulations, but whatever the cause, it's a big problem for crabbers throughout the region."

These "some in the industry" types are what we like to call "idiots" for their inability to realize that those "restrictions and regulations" keep what's left of their catch alive for the next season.


Well if they overfish the crabs they can just turn to piracy like the fishermen in Somolia did.
 
2013-07-16 10:08:02 AM  
one of the few things I miss about not beiing in VA anymore.....
 
2013-07-16 10:15:37 AM  
"I must warn you: I have crabs."

Probably NSFW

/probably not obscure
 
2013-07-16 10:22:41 AM  
 
2013-07-16 10:32:50 AM  
Should be the Sad tag, not Interesting.
 
2013-07-16 10:49:20 AM  
I enjoy picking crabs, I do...but they are so damn messy and so time consuming to eat.  I much prefer a few jumbo lump crab cakes.  They are quick and easy to make, and in my opinion, better bang for your buck
 
2013-07-16 10:55:02 AM  
Yeah, no so much.

fc08.deviantart.net
 
2013-07-16 12:07:20 PM  
Subby, tsk tsk
 
2013-07-16 01:04:23 PM  

Ninja Otter: Should be the Sad tag, not Interesting.


Seriously! After growing up in MD one of my favorite things to do is visit in the summer and share a bushel of crabs with a bunch of my friends.

Poor crabbies :(
 
2013-07-16 01:24:25 PM  

Endive Wombat: I enjoy picking crabs, I do...but they are so damn messy and so time consuming to eat.  I much prefer a few jumbo lump crab cakes.  They are quick and easy to make, and in my opinion, better bang for your buck


I agree with jumbo lump crab cakes are awesome, but I enjoy the social aspect of picking crab.

I use a hybrid recipe from Old Bay and Phillips.

1 egg
1 tbls mayo
1 piece white bread, crust removed, torn
1-2 tsp Old Bay
little parsley
1lb lump or jumbo lump crab

That is pretty much it.

Sometimes I like Worcestershire sauce, but it browns the mixture.

I'll only make them when I can get the unpasteurized crab.  But since I live in the sticks, my local market hasn't been stocking it yet this summer.

The trick is to refrigerate the cakes for at least 30 minutes before trying to cook them.*

* I see from your profile page you cook, so I hope not to sound condescending
 
2013-07-16 01:27:43 PM  

Endive Wombat: I enjoy picking crabs, I do...but they are so damn messy and so time consuming to eat.  I much prefer a few jumbo lump crab cakes.  They are quick and easy to make, and in my opinion, better bang for your buck


But that's the point. Get some friends, some beers, some potato salad, and sit for a few hours. Good times.
 
2013-07-16 01:54:32 PM  

Broktun: I use a hybrid recipe from Old Bay and Phillips.


I would add a little dijon to that and mix without the crab, then refrigerate that sauce. If you want to make crab cakes, take just enough to bind your lumps together and fold gently until you can make cakes. Or, use more sauce, put everything in a bake-able dish, and you've got homemade Crab Imperial.
 
2013-07-16 05:45:03 PM  

Dahnkster: Numbers way down here in the Gulf of Mexico as well. Worst crab season I can remember. I'm sure the dozens of sewage dumps & spills (some in excess of a half-million gallons of raw untreated waste) we've had all over the Florida panhandle and the BP spill have been an aphrodisiac to local crab populations.

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/local/cleanup-advisories-underway-after- 50 0-000-gallon-sewage-spill-1.169223

http://www.weartv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/two-major-se wa ge-spills-okaloosa-co-not-reported-two-days-33715.shtml

http://www.myescambia.com/community/news/bayou-grande-sewer-main-bre ak -prompts-health-alert

http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Rain-Blamed-For-Raw-Sewage-Spill- 21 4214591.html

http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Sewage-Overflow-at-Panama-City-Be ac h-Condo-213842261.html

http://www.pnj.com/article/20130608/NEWS01/306080027/Spill-was-72-00 0- gallons


The bf and I spent last Saturday down on the Fairhope pier talking to people and watching the fishing. I spoke with a man using a net who said he threw back all the blue crabs he caught this year because everyone knew the numbers were low. Several others nodded in agreement.
 
2013-07-16 05:50:02 PM  

Scrotastic Method: Broktun: I use a hybrid recipe from Old Bay and Phillips.

I would add a little dijon to that and mix without the crab, then refrigerate that sauce. If you want to make crab cakes, take just enough to bind your lumps together and fold gently until you can make cakes. Or, use more sauce, put everything in a bake-able dish, and you've got homemade Crab Imperial.


I knew I forgot something.  I'm at work and going off the top of my head.
 
2013-07-16 07:31:52 PM  

Broktun: * I see from your profile page you cook, so I hope not to sound condescending


Nahhhh, it's all good mang...

Yes, former chef of a seafood restaurant here in the DC metro area.  I love my crab cake recipe.
 
2013-07-16 07:41:32 PM  
I live in North Carolina. I managed to find live Dungeness in an Asian Grocery. I have no idea where they got it--the season on the West Coast doesn't start until November, and as far as I'm aware there are no other fisheries. Anyway it cost $30 for a 2.5 pound crab, but man, it was way better than the half dozen jimmies I bought at the same place for $16. At current  prices, it's worth to me to fly the good stuff out from British Columbia or wherever they get it. Apologies to Michael Pollan. Aw what the hell,  it's not like live crab is an every day sort of thing.
 
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