Crabs scarce; prices high
by Larry Chowning
The recording on the answering machine at Williams & Son Seafood in Remlik sends a clear message about this year’s blue crab season: “We will not be able to take any more hard crab orders for July 4th weekend.”
“We have not taken any orders in two weeks,” said crabber Joey Williams, who is also vice president of the Virginia Watermen’s Association. “I’ve never seen it so slack, but the price of crabs is high.”
Jimmies (male hard crabs) are bringing between $120 and $180 a bushel. “That’s good but if it was $1,000 a bushel and you aren’t catching any, it doesn’t matter how much they bring,” said Williams.
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