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These 10 Photos Show Maryland’s Blue Crab Industry Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

For hundreds of years, Marylanders have been in love with the sweet flavor of Blue Crab meat. The Chesapeake Bay is home to some of the highest quality Blue Crabs and boasts one of the most sustainable crab fisheries in the world. The commercial fishery supports thousands of watermen, hundreds of crab pickers, and countless restaurants that serve the famous crustacean. On April 1, Maryland’s crabbing will open for the 2016 season, bringing back summer crab feasts and fresh Maryland crab meat for the year. These photographs will give you a glimpse into the biology of a Blue Crab and show you the work that it takes to get them onto your table.

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