Posts Tagged 'blue crab'

Super FISH Bowl: Our Fantasy Team Line-Up

As the competition between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers heats up in anticipation of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, the National Aquarium, Baltimore and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco are enlisting the help of their aquatic animals to take their own friendly rivalry off the green and into the blue in the Super FISH Bowl!

You can’t have a #SuperFISHBowl without a strong team! As part of our fun wager, each organization is building their ultimate fantasy animal line-up!

Here’s who we’ve got out on the field:

Kicker – Blue Crab
Cornerback – Golden Lion Tamarins
Defensive Line – Sand Tiger Sharks
Fullback – Dolphins
Linebacker – Porcupine Fish
Quarterback – Blue Hyacinth Macaw (Margaret)
Center – Snapping Turtle
Wide Receiver – Tarpon
Tight End – Roughtail Ray
Coach – Octopus (Poulpe)
Referees – Banggai Cardinalfish
Cheerleader – Green Sea Turtle (Calypso)

Tell us your favorite player & they could be our fan-voted MVP!

Thoughtful Thursday: No Reason to Be Crabby

Great news for crab-lovers: A new report on the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population shows a blue crab stock that has reached sustainable levels and is not overfished.

The report from the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee shows a sustainable number of adult females and the largest number of juveniles counted in 20 years. The rebound we’ve seen in population numbers over the last decade is likely thanks to stricter harvesting regulations put in place, particularly on the harvest of female blue crabs.

Blue crab

A female blue crab is distinguishable by the red-orange tips of her claws

So enjoy your crab feasts this summer! And we’ve got a great one you should know about…

Come out and support the National Aquarium by attending B&O Brasserie and Hotel Monaco’s Third Annual Crab Bash on Tuesday, August 7. The claws will come out as award-winning chefs from around the region cook off against each other in search of the Best Crab Dish.

10 chefs, 10 different crab dishes, 10 different cocktails, live music and a great time to be had at the Crab Bash!

Join a panel of local celebrity judges in sampling and voting for your favorite crab dish from chefs. One chef will be awarded a “People’s Choice” award, which will be based solely on the votes of attendees, and one chef will be awarded a trophy for “Best in Show” by the celebrity panel—plus bragging rights for the year.

For an admission fee of $50 per person, guests are invited to watch the chefs battle it out, sample the chefs’ dishes, and enjoy samples of cocktails created specifically for each dish by a member of the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild.  Admission also includes a raffle ticket with the chance to win a variety of prizes including tickets to National Aquarium, Kimpton animal-print robes, a gift certificate to B&O American Brasserie, and a one-night stay at a Kimpton Hotel.

The event benefits the National Aquarium, so get your inner crab out of its shell and be there! Get your tickets here.

Can we have our crabs and eat them too?

Maryland blue crab populations have been declining throughout the area.For Marylanders summer time is the season for steamed crabs! The Chesapeake Bay has been home to the blue crab for over a century. The blue crab became so prevalent in the Bay that this beloved crustacean evolved into the unofficial mascot. Unfortunately, Maryland’s love for the blue crab has led to overfishing and habitat degradation – resulting in a drastic drop in crab population. The population level of blue crabs is at or near the lowest ever recorded. Today, only one out of a million nearly hatched crabs survives to maturity because of disease, predators, habitat loss, sudden cold temperatures, and over harvesting.
 
This year Maryland legislators voted to end the crab harvesting season seven weeks early in an effort to give the blue crab a “breather” and boost the population. While legislators are working tirelessly to restore the state of the Bay and crab population, the National Aquarium in Baltimore is taking action through education and habitat restoration projects.  
 
The Aquarium sponsors a program called AquaPartners that educates students on how to preserve the bay and participants have the opportunity to catch, hold, and release a crab. The Aquarium also organizes volunteer conservation clean ups and educational events that teach the community how to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its many mascots. And many of the exhibits at the Aquarium highlight the environmental issues surrounding Maryland’s coastal habitats. Be sure to visit aqua.org for more information on how you can contribute to the restoration of the blue crab. Do your part for them now, and they’ll be around to enjoy for years to come!
 


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