Blue crab demand has been on the rise for a long time. Blue crab is renowned all over the world because of their sweet taste. Crab dishes like Maryland crab cakes have become a popular food item all over the country and the world. With this increase in demand, prices of blue crab have also experienced a recent upsurge, so much so that this new market has been a boon to the fishermen and watermen of Maryland.

Fishing and Supply

Blue crab can be found all along the coasts of the Atlantic. They are harvested by watermen ranging from Nova Scotia, down to Uruguay. Due to the massive size of their habitat and great numbers, blue crab is some of the most extensively fished and consumed marine species. The greatest number of commercial fishers are located in Chesapeake Bay, followed by Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia and other coastal states.

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Although blue crab has been declared a sustainable population by authorities, their numbers have indeed increased. This usually drives prices up and occurs for multiple reasons. Blue crab fishing is less profitable in the winter because the crabs are dormant and they do not respond to baits set by fishers. During these seasons, the demand of blue crab also increases. Therefore, like any vast industry, the supply and demand of blue crab will always fluctuate.


There is a huge demand for blue crabs. They are one of the most favorite seafoods, and many different cuisines have incorporated them into their recipes. From American street food to French Cuisines, and even Korean. Blue crabs who have recently undergone molting have softer shells and more succulent meat. These crabs, known as “soft shells” usually sell better than the hard crabs. The blue crab meat is commonly used to make Maryland crab cakes, which are a take on fish cakes (but with lump crab meat).

Recent Changes

The population of blue crab along Rhode Island have in recent decades increased. This is because in winter, blue crabs bury themselves in the mud, and when summer returns, they reemerge from these muddy cocoons. Because of increases in water temperatures, blue crab populations are increasing. This has attracted investment in the fishing industry to make the most of this boost in populations. This increase in fishing by locals and by commercial companies does introduce a severe risk of over fishing. The population is watched over and maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Environment Management. There are similar departments in other states who have made it their mission to protect the blue crab population.  For more information, please visit