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crab

(krab),
1. A crustacean, many varieties of which are edible.
2. An insect, the crab louse, Pthirus pubis.

crab

(krăb)
n.
1.
a. Any of various chiefly marine decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, having a hard carapace that covers a broad flattened cephalothorax with a small abdomen tucked beneath it, and an anterior pair of legs that are large and pincerlike.
b. Any of various similar decapod crustaceans, such as a hermit crab or a king crab.
c. Crabmeat.
2.
a. A crab louse.
b. crabs Slang Infestation by crab lice.

crab′ber n.

crab

a decapod CRUSTACEAN (suborder Brachyura) characterized by a large flattened, laterally expanded carapace below which the abdomen is curled forward.
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It is essential for all recreational fishers to comply with the laws relating to crabbing and to remove their apparatus from the water when their fishing is completed.
You can head out from here on a recreational crabbing trip aboard the Rumblefish (run by Noyo Fishing Center in Fort Bragg; trips from $50, plus $12 fishing license; www.fortbraggfishing.com or 707/964-3000), then have your catch steamed at the harbor.
Have your students ever gone crabbing? What did they use for bait?
"People are noticing tremendous declines in areas where commercial crabbing can go on in shallow waters," he says.
Commercial crabbing averages 100 million pounds annually - more than half the U.S.
In talking to these guys, I learned that Mike got started stone crabbing three years ago when his wife Sue came home from participating in a Coastal Cleanup project on neighboring Shell Island, where she found three stone crab traps that had washed up on the beach.
Crabbing is permitted year-round, no license is required, and bayside tackle shops supply the necessary equipment and bait.
"Crabbing is the best it's been in probably 30 years," says Kim Thissell, manager of Dock of the Bay Marina, which overlooks the public piers jutting into Alsea Bay.
"Quite a few of these coastal communities that rely on crabbing didn't have much of a Christmas," Pazar said.
For the same low, clear conditions that hampered fall chinook fishing produced unusually bountiful bay crabbing during November and early December.
He said crabbing with a Crabhawk is a lot like "plunking" for trout.