Chesapeake govs spar over blue crab origins

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, never stingy with superlatives or shy about boosterism, has been bragging lately in a way that has neighboring Maryland steamed.
Maryland’s signature delicacy — the blue crab — really hails from Virginia, McAuliffe declared on a radio show last week. He proudly repeated the claim Wednesday.

“You know, Maryland talks about their crabs,” McAuliffe (D) said on WRVA radio. “If anyone from Maryland is listening, I want to be very clear: All the crabs are born here in Virginia and they end up, because of the current, being taken there [to Maryland]. So really, they should be Virginia crabs.”

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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