Written by Linc Bedrosian
The first few weeks of blue crab season are off to a slow start, but the catch should increase this month, according to Beaufort County commercial fishermen.
However, with low supply and high demand in the Northeast, the succulent crab are fetching $100 per bushel. Near Charleston, those prices are driving more people into the business.
But that hasn't been the case in Beaufort County waters, fishermen say.
"We used to have a whole lot more crabbers than we have down here now," Bluffton Oyster Co. owner Larry Toomer said. Decades ago, "we had a dozen or more full-time crabbers. There are probably only four people with traps in the water right now from Hilton Head to Savannah."
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