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As the hub of the country’s soft shell crab industry, Smith Island, from May through September, is bustling with crab boats, crab picking and tending to the soft shell crustaceans in the crabber’s shanties. The shallow waters surrounding Smith Island are also a fishing haven for herons, egrets, ibis, osprey and pelicans. Kayakers frequently see them diving and stalking, their elegant silhouettes reflected in the water. Early morning or evening outings by boat or kayak are ideal for catching rockfish, experiencing the extensive bird life, or watching the light change on the water. Located 9 miles off of Crisfield, MD in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island’s marshy archipelago has preserved an extraordinary natural environment and island culture.