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Are soft-shell crabs truly seasonal?

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Are soft-shell crabs truly seasonal?

Denis | Sep 13, 2004 04:20 PM

This was prompted by a post on the Manhattan board. Years ago, I believed that soft-shell crabs are seasonal in the summer, and have two peak times--like early July and mid-August or something. Then I read this article in the NY Times which I think said that crabs molt year-round, and the only reason soft-shells were more available in the summer was that it was easier to get at them then (no ice as in the winter, and maybe they burrow in the mud in cold weather or something). Also, I've seen them more constantly throughout the year, in recent years. So what's the deal? Are they really seasonal any more, or were they ever, or what?

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