October is Seafood Month in Maryland! In conjunction with National Seafood Month, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is recognizing the celebration of Maryland’s delectable seafood and had declared October “Maryland Seafood Month”.
Maryland is known for their seafood. Generations of hard-working watermen make their living from the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and people come from far and wide to enjoy the delicious fish and shellfish they catch. Seafood Month not only benefits Maryland fishermen but also out economic standing as a state. By supporting local watermen, bay farmers, and processors, our local economy grows more successful. Seafood is one of our state’s greatest natural resources.
Maryland’s state crustacean, the blue crab, is a known symbol of Maryland. The blue crabs are largest in the fall, after having grown all summer long. The larger crabs are full and heavy during this time of year. October also signals the best time for harvest. The abundant large crabs are available at seafood markets at very reasonable prices. October is also a great time for harvesting large, savory oysters.
Maryland seafood is monitored by several state agencies, local health departments and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These agencies conduct regular product and plant inspections and water tests ensuring that Maryland Seafood is wholesome. In addition, Maryland crabmeat undergoes a voluntary quality control and sanitation inspection. Maryland is the only state that has this extra level of inspection for crabmeat. Such rigorous standards are another reason that Maryland crabmeat is so delicious.