Wittman Wharf Seafood takes pride in providing
fresh seafood from
the Mid-Atlantic region
Benefits of Wittman Wharf
No pesticides or harmful chemicals
Everything is FRESH!
Fresh Fish brought in on a daily basis!
Our mission is to be a seafood leader driven by an innovative team that delivers superior products, service, and value to our customers in a safe and environmentally- sustainable manner.
Health & Safety
We have attended the basic Seafood HACCP Course. And conform to all Maryland Health guidelines.
Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
- Aldo Leopold
We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. - Herman Melville
Food & Feed
Only the freshest goes out our doors. Inspected daily by our plant manager.
Wittman Wharf is in the heart of the Bay Hundred area.
Centrally located in the Chesapeake Bay region, Tilghman Island & Wittman, MD can trace its commercial fishing roots back to the 1800’s. Life on Tilghman Island & Wittman during that time centered largely on the water and the land. Commercial Fishing and farming were the two main ways of life and has continued as such for many years. Wittman Wharf Seafood is now in the old Ray Jones seafood processing plant. Also, Dogwood Harbor on Tilghman Island is home to the last operational Skipjack fleet in North America.
History of the Blue Crab - The blue crab is found from Nova Scotia to Uruguay, occurring in rivers, sounds, and near-shore waters of the Atlantic. Blue crabs are fished commercially and recreationally in the United States from southern New England to Florida and along the Gulf coast to Texas. The blue crab population in Chesapeake Bay is considered to be a single stock, and is distributed throughout the Bay and its tributaries. Males are generally found in areas with lower salinity levels than females and most mating occurs in brackish mid-Bay waters. Mature females move south to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in late summer and fall where spawning occurs from May to September of the following season. Larvae are transported out of the bay along the coastal shelf and then back into the bay. Conventional wisdom has assumed that blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay live to a maximum of three years.
Blue crabs are known as "serial spawners", which means they can produce more than one egg mass, or brood, from a single mating. Females in Chesapeake Bay will produce multiple broods, possibly as many as three to five. This allows them to release eggs over an extended period to take advantage of favorable environmental conditions that may exist for only part of their spawning season. Each brood contains between 500,000 to 2 million eggs.
The scientific name Callinectes sapidus comes from the Latin "beautiful, savory swimmer."
Each year, scientists use the winter dredge survey to measure the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population. Maryland and Virginia scientists visit 1,500 sites over the course of three and a half months, using metal dredges to pull up and count crabs over-wintering in the mud. According to the results of the 2019 survey, 594 million blue crabs are estimated to be living in the Bay.
More things to know about the Chesapeake, the nation’s largest estuary
While just two states, Maryland and Virginia, border the Chesapeake Bay, the Bay’s watershed stretches much further. The watershed — the area that drains into the Bay — covers parts of six states: Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Plus the District of Columbia.
The Bay extends from Havre de Grace, Maryland, south to Virginia Beach, Virginia. That’s almost 200 miles.
If you include the tidal portions of the Bay’s tributaries, the estuary covers around 4,480 square miles.
It loops around 11,684 miles of shoreline.
The Bay holds more than 18-trillion gallons of water — that’s about 27 million Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of water.
The Bay would hold a lot more water, except it’s usually very shallow. It’s average depth is only about 21 feet, although it dips down to 174 feet at its deepest spot — off of Bloody Point on Kent Island, Maryland.
And where does all that water come from? Try the 150 or so rivers and streams that dump into the Chesapeake. Also the Atlantic Ocean, which flushes salt water in through the mouth of the Bay.
The three biggest of the Bay’s tributaries are the Susquehanna (Pennsylvania), Potomac (Maryland), and James (Virginia) rivers. But there are many more storied tributaries, too, including the Patuxent, Choptank, and Pocomoke rivers in Maryland.
More than 17 million people lived in the Bay watershed in 2010.
But it’s home to a lot more plants and animals. At least 2,700 species live in the estuary itself.
Many animals, including fish, bivalves, and shellfish, are caught for commercial purposes on the Chesapeake — totaling around 500 million pounds of seafood every year.
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