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The Chesapeake Bay Trust is holding a contest to name the blue crab on Maryland's Treasure the Chesapeake license plates.
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After a particularly harsh and long winter, the blue crab population is down significantly.
The Chesapeake Bay was fully stocked with blue crabs, but now the population is depleted, and retailers are having to pull them from out of state to bring them to the table.
Late summer and early fall is usually the best time for a crab feast as crabs are more meaty, abundant, and more affordable. But this season, the blue crab is much harder to find.
Maryland's crab harvest last year led the nation. That's according to figures released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
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