Common sense about crabs

August 19, 2011

Thank you for your editorial "Bay crabs: protect the females," (Aug. 16). I have been crabbing in Maryland since 1967 and have never kept a female crab. Once I found out how to tell males from females, it was a "no brainer" to release any females that I caught.

It is also easy to do because probably only about one in every 10 crabs I catch is a female -- are they rarer, or just smarter than the males?

If I could tell the difference between male and female fish I would likely do the same. Isn't that why you can take more male deer than females?

A little bit of common sense, which is in very short supply in America, would go a long way toward helping our environment — not to mention our political problems.

But that's another story.

David A. Liddle

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