WASHINGTON - Morgan Tolley is a third generation crab processor working on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's worried that his industry may be under threat as more and more young people shun the traditional family-oriented trade.
The A.E. Phillips crab picking house Tolley manages in Fishing Creek, Maryland, relies on crabs harvested by the "watermen" of the Bay.
"It's passed down from generation to generation, that's how you learn to become a waterman. Not everybody knows how to fish a trotline or bait a crab pot," Tolley said.
As more people grow up and leave the small rural shore towns known for crab fishing in search of job opportunities with less- erratic pay, the industry's future is in doubt.
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