Great news for crab-lovers: A new report on the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population shows a blue crab stock that has reached sustainable levels and is not overfished.
The report from the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee shows a sustainable number of adult females and the largest number of juveniles counted in 20 years. The rebound we've seen in population numbers over the last decade is likely thanks to stricter harvesting regulations put in place, particularly on the harvest of female blue crabs.
A female blue crab is distinguishable by the red-orange tips of her claws
So enjoy your crab feasts this summer! And we've got a great one you should know about...
Come out and support the National Aquarium by attending B&O Brasserie and Hotel Monaco's Third Annual Crab Bash on Tuesday, August 7. The claws will come out as award-winning chefs from around the region cook off against each other in search of the Best Crab Dish.
10 chefs, 10 different crab dishes, 10 different cocktails, live music and a great time to be had at the Crab Bash!
Join a panel of local celebrity judges in sampling and voting for your favorite crab dish from chefs. One chef will be awarded a “People’s Choice” award, which will be based solely on the votes of attendees, and one chef will be awarded a trophy for “Best in Show” by the celebrity panel—plus bragging rights for the year.
For an admission fee of $50 per person, guests are invited to watch the chefs battle it out, sample the chefs’ dishes, and enjoy samples of cocktails created specifically for each dish by a member of the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild. Admission also includes a raffle ticket with the chance to win a variety of prizes including tickets to National Aquarium, Kimpton animal-print robes, a gift certificate to B&O American Brasserie, and a one-night stay at a Kimpton Hotel.
The event benefits the National Aquarium, so get your inner crab out of its shell and be there! Get your tickets here.