Several Montgomery and Prince George’s County restaurants and food retailers are among 50 in the state that can officially say they sell true Maryland blue crabs.
Shortly after Gov. Martin O’Malley announced in May that the this year, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched the True Blue initiative as a way to support businesses using local crabmeat.
According to the DNR website, the True Blue program provides certification to restaurants using Department-verified Maryland blue crabmeat and allows those restaurants to use a special logo in marketing their crab dishes.
"Customers can look at a menu and know right away that they're getting what they think they're getting," Steve Vilnit, the DNR director of fisheries marketing, said in a statement about the program.