We are surrounded by watermen boats and crab sheds here on Smith Island so I must remark on the current price of Chesapeake crabs--from $40-$100/dozen for medium and $50-$165 for large ones.
Watermen get up at 3 am and quickly head out on their boats, not knowing what that day's harvest will be. For softshells, crabs must be checked three times a day, seven days a week, removing those that have shed their shells. One bushel of crabs yields about four pounds of crabmeat. Experienced crab pickers can extract about four pounds of crabmeat per hour.
So relish those crab cakes!
And those Smith Island Cakes are tasty too. $50+ for 10 layers of various kinds!