Save the Crabs, Then Eat 'Em
No crab should die suffocating in oxygen depleted water.  It should be steamed and eaten with Old Bay and melted butter.

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If you would like to purchase a shirt, please call our Headquarters at 540.373.3448 or stop by our Tidal Office at June Parker Marina, 531 N Church Ln Tappahannock. 



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Be sure to check out the locally produced Dead Waters Documentary produced by Alyson Pugh, Martha Brickey, and Amanda Dix!



Steps you can take for a healthy lawn and Bay

Pledge to skip the ferilizer this spring.

Wait to fertilize until fall. Fall fertilization promotes healthy root systems and soil.

Test your soil to find out what the type and quantity of fertilizer is best for your lawn.

Apply it correctly. Using too much fertilizer can cause more harm than good, weakening your lawn.  Fertilize during the right time of the year, don't fertilize before it rains, and keep fertilizer off paved surfaces to promote a healthy lawn and to avoid your ferilizer (and money) from going down the drain.   

Leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing.  Clippings will nourish the lawn, reducing the amount of fertilizer needed. 

Campaign News


What is Save the Crabs, Then Eat 'Em? Why on earth are we talking about saving the crabs just to eat them? Well, take a moment, shut your eyes and think about your favorite memories with blue crabs...

For us at Friends of the Rappahannock, we immediately think about friends and family and of course our Annual Riverfest event with crab knockers beating on wooden tables. Fun times! Now, how can you help Save the Crabs? It is very simple. If you use fertilizer on your yard, did you know that scientifically speaking spring is the worst time to use fertilizer? Rather than plants utilizing the fertilizer to grow, spring rains wash fertilizer into our local waterways. This causes algae to grow in excessive levels. The algae blooms eventually die, sink to the bottom of the waterway and begin to decay pulling oxygen out of the water. The beloved blue crabs, as well as delicious oysters and fish, need that oxygen to survive. Unfortunately, this is a major problem in the Rappahannock River. The Rappahannock River has the largest dead zone of all the rivers in the state of Virginia. 

So, to help the River and the blue crabs, PLEDGE TODAY to skip the fertilizer this spring and wait until the fall, if at all. If you have more questions about the campaign, contact Friends of the Rappahannock or ask Lancaster and Richmond County Public Schools' Class of 2021!

The 2015 campaign is launching! FOR is excited about our new partnerships with Lancaster County Public Schools as well as the continued support from Richmond County Public Schools and Walmart. Get ready for this summer's crab feast by pledging to SKIP the fertilizer this spring! Click PLEDGE NOW at the top to make your commitment count!

In 2014, Richmond County Public School's Class of 2020 kept 1,638 pounds of nutrients out of the Rappaahnnock River and its tributaries. With last year's poundage, our community has kept over 7,000 pounds of nutrients out of the River and the Chesapeake Bay through the Save the Crabs Campaign. 

This year we hope to keep even more Nitrogen and Phosphorus out of the Rappahannock River and need your support! Pledges may be made at any time and you will receive a free bumper sticker and optional lawn sign. Be sure to check out the new t-shirts and the Dead Waters Documentary on YouTube produced by Alyson Pugh, Amanda Dix, and Martha Brickley!

Spread the word and remember, Save the Crabs, Then Eat 'Em!

We all want to keep more Blue Crabs in the bay...and on our plates

My Lawn Saves the Crabs. Can yours?

What is “Save the Crabs?”
 It is an educational and activist campaign. Spring lawn fertilization threatens the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.  You have the power to make a difference.

Do not fertilize your lawn this spring Spring fertilizer contributes to dead zones (zones without oxygen) in the Rappahannock and the Chesapeake Bay.


The nutrients from fertilizer wash into rivers and sewers during spring rains. Excess nutrients cause algae to grow out of control.  When this algae dies, it decomposes, which causes oxygen to get pulled out of the water. This results in ‘dead zones’ where animals such as crabs die from suffocation in the Rappahannock and Chesapeake Bay.

Economic impacts.  The Chesapeake Bay yields 500 million pounds of seafood every year with high culinary, cultural, lifestyle, and economic value.   To the 17 million people living in the Bay watershed, this is a vital part of the cultural and economic vitality of the area. Between 1994 and 2004, Virginia's seafood harvest declined 30 percent bearing heavy economic impact.  In 2007 it hit a record low. Now blue crab populations have finally risen due to emergency crab management measures put into place in 2008, but they still haven't reached original levels. 

So fertilize in the fall – when there is less rain.

It’s better for your lawn.  Fertilizing your lawn in the fall is better for your grass.  Fertilizing in the spring will make your grass turn green fast, but it’s temporary and weakening.  Most of the fertilizer you use will be wasted by spring rains. Fall fertilizing strengthens your grass’s root systems because the fertilizer will have time to sink in and nourish, creating a healthier and longer lasting lawn.  

Free bumper sticker and fun lawn sign if you pledge to skip the fertilizer this spring!

 Click the "Save the Crabs" logo to pledge
that you'll skip the fertilizer this spring


 and we'll send you this FREE "Save the Crabs, Then Eat 'Em" bumper sticker!

AND you can pick up this FREE lawn sign from our Fredericksburg and Tappahannock offices!
Conveniently located at 3219 Fall Hill Ave. Fredericksburg, VA 22401


531 N. Church Lane Office B. Tappahannock, VA 22560

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