Thanks to a strong run of peelers off of Fortescue NJ, shedding tanks from Crisfield, Maryland, to eastern North Carolina are full of peelers about to begin the process of shedding their exoskeleton (outer shell). The peelers are caught inside the NJ waters of Delaware Bay, then transported and sold to shedding operations in Maryland and Virginia. Some are even sold to shedders as far south as North Carolina, who then shed them out into soft crabs and ship them back up to markets in major cities all along the east coast.
The market price has remained strong primarily because the Chesapeake Bay’s first run of peelers never really materialized. (Full Newsletter)