Beginning on Sunday, September 2 and all month long, Pescetarian Journal will be celebrating the blue crab. Here in Maryland, the blue crab is our "king crab," and there will be special coverage of the Maryland Seafood Festival (featuring blue crabs), a crab-cookbook review, and crab recipes galore.
Although blue crabs are found in waters from Nova Scotia throughout the Gulf of Mexico, most have been harvested in the Chesapeake Bay near Maryland and Virginia. According to Judy Colbert, Maryland resident and author of Chesapeake Bay Crabs, a third of crabs eaten in the U.S. are from the Chesapeake Bay. The blue crab is rated a "Good Alternative" seafood by the Monterey Bay "Seafood Watch" organization. Maryland crabs are rallying back from a serious decline in the Chesapeake Bay and are stringently regulated to increase the crab population and sustainable practices of commercial crabbers.
Be sure to check back throughout September for more facts and recipes related to the Maryland blue crab.