Ratio of Northwest Dungeness crabbers
who die on the job compared with other commercial fishermen
Crisfield was the Eastern Shore League champion as the surprising Crabbers
beat out Salisbury.
can no longer work on Wednesdays in June, July and August.
In early December, two-thirds through the season, the Crabbers
were in third place but only 2 games out of first.
Scientists estimate that crabbers
are capturing 50 to 92 percent of all legal-size crabs.
Statistically, the fishermen can expect that of the 1,500 crabbers
, seven will not return alive this year, according to the Alaska Crab Coalition, an industry group in Seattle.
A third-generation crabber
who helps run his family's 36-year-old stone crab eatery, Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant, Moore can tell anyone anything they might want to know about crabs; fishing, cooking and serving them has been his family's business for three generations now.
Just try to spot a whale faster than Don Mathews, a veteran Alaskan crabber
who now pursues bigger quarries from the 65-foot Discovery, naturalist-staffed and customized for educational sea life- and whale-watching cruises.
Al Pazar saw baby octopuses, an inch or two long, climb up his crab lines to escape the sea waters in the 2005 season.
A May Day signal was picked up by Malin Head Coastguard and an air and sea rescue launched after the 40ft crabber
struck "The Bar Rocks".
Disconsolate skipper Phil Lewis, 44, watched his crabber
being towed in by naval tug Defiant and said: "Whoever did this, thought she was never coming back.
The banter among homemaker, lawyer and title agent, all-turned recreational crabber
, got my attention.