I was on vacation on Hilton Head Island recently and read an interesting letter on this page. I wrote a similar letter a few years ago to the Atlantic City Press.
Just like in South Carolina, people sell bushels of female crabs at the local flea market in our area in New Jersey. I used to crab practically every Sunday in the summer, but the last few years, it doesn't pay to go out. I used to catch three or four dozen nice-sized crabs in three hours and go home. Now I catch four or five crabs in three hours.
I feel as the letter writer does. Give the female crabs a rest for a few years, and the crabs will make a comeback. But the commercial crabbers are too greedy and will never go for that proposal.
Maryland is trying to revive its crab industry with factories where crabs are raised. That may be the only way to go if no moratorium is put in place.