Thursday, August 27, 2015

$5 or $50 Reward for Tagged Crabs in Chesapeake Bay

If you crab in Chesapeake Bay this summer or fall you might run across a crab with a pink or white tag like the ones pictured here. Reporting them is worth $5 or $50 for each tag. My lab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD has tagged nearly 15,000 crabs since June 2014 and 1 out of every 20 is worth $50. If you catch a tagged crab, please help our study by recording the information requested on the back of the tag and calling the number or visiting the website listed on the front the tag.

The tags are on both male and female crabs. Tagged crabs have been released at sites throughout Maryland and Virginia. We've had a lot reported already but we know there are quite a few more out there. We've even had a couple that were caught as far away as North Carolina.

If you've already reported but haven't heard back from us, please be patient. We're working as fast as we can but a hundred or more reports each week it's hard to keep up.


  1. Tag# 37870 was caught in our crab pot. We are recreational crabbers. Wicomico River, St. Mary's Co. We would love to know where our crab was released.

  2. Hi Vicki,

    Please call the phone number on the tag (443-482-2263) or our website and report your information so we can process your reward! We tagged the crab off Mills Point in the Wicomico River on July 20, 2015.

    1. Done & Done! He was released close to us. Thanks for the info. Was great fun finding the tag!

  3. I live in Waterbury c.t. can u recommend a good spot for blue crabs..
    I have spent alot of time I'm Stratford ct.near airport but not as good as it used to be...I use chicken legs does anyone recomenednt something different