The annual Chesapeake Bay blue crab winter survey does indeed look promising. The number of juvenile crabs has dropped a bit, but the female adult crab population appears to have increased by 31 percent. That is especially good news.
The only bad news in a recent Daily Press article focused on the shortage of skilled crab pickers in the crabmeat packing houses. If you have ever witnessed a crab-picking contest (yes they do have them), the amble dexterous fingers of these pickers is amazing.