Libertarians are underwhelmed by media claims that the blue crab population is dwindling.
 The media always  fail to mention the only real solutions: private property rights in waterways, aquaculture, aqua-farming, and free-market environmentalism.  As usual the media always call for yet more government intervention.
    (As the libertarians say, the purpose of government is to provide service, and the purpose of the media is to provide Vaseline.  The media prove that government schools create statists).
    Blue crabs are a reminder of the hardship that bureaucracy imposes upon blue crabs and those who love them (to eat).  Dwindling blue crab populations are a creation of bureaucrats who subvert private property rights under water in favor of trademark socialism: government ownership of waterways with periodic unavailability and rationing. Thank goodness the government isn't involved in most farmlands, foods and goods, or the results would be similar.
    The solution is property rights in crab habitats.  A proposal for specialty license plates touts the libertarian solution to save Florida’s waterways: 
    Blue crab habitats should be privatized.  Private property and aquaculture farming would produce bigger and better blue crabs.  Indeed, the abundance and prosperity that inures to land farming, would inure to all seafood, not just blue crabs. See the work of Dr. Rex Curry at

Blue Crab farming aquaculture havests in North Carolina freshwater ponds, crabbing, crab cakes

Blue crabs are by far the most valuable marine resource to North Carolina’s economy, but hurricanes and overfishing in recent years have decimated the blue crab population in the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds. Less than 43 million pounds of the shellfish were caught in state waters in 2003, down 31 percent from just five years earlier. If harvests continue to struggle, the state could begin enforcing catch restrictions next year designed to help the population recover—rules that also would make it more difficult for crabbers to make a living.

Enter Dr. David Eggleston, part-time rock drummer and full-time crustacean researcher, who wants to change the rhythm of the crabbing industry by farming them in ponds across eastern North Carolina.

Although blue crabs spend most of their lives in the open ocean or the brackish waters of coastal estuaries, Eggleston’s studies show the creatures could actually grow faster in ponds because fresh water helps their body tissue expand whenever they molt. And the taste? “In a word, they were delicious,” he says with a grin, noting he and his marine science students have feasted on some of their freshwater experiments.

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