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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Modest Changes Coming to Maryland’s Commercial Crab Harvest

Following weeks of scientific review and discussion among key 

stakeholders, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is making modest but important changes to the commercial harvesting of Chesapeake Bay female hard crabs later this season.

Harvesting will close Nov. 20, and bushel levels for the month of November will be reduced compared to the previous harvest year.

These modifications are based on the results of the 2016-17 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, and subsequent review and approval by the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee and Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission.

“Since the release of the winter dredge survey, experts have cautioned that a scarcity of juvenile crabs could result in more challenging harvest conditions later this year and next,” said Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton. “This decision is the result of partners in science and industry developing consensus to achieve what is best for the health and ongoing productivity of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery.”

You can review the Public Notice here.


Anonymous said...

Does this mean prices are going up ?

Anonymous said...

3:44Maybe for crab meat but probably not significantly for hard crabs. It will affect Watermen in the Southern MD bay more than the Northern areas. While MD keeps making it harder and harder for their own citizens Virginia allows their Watermen to keep females with eggs!

Anonymous said...

VA is so behind the times, just look at their legislature in Richmond. They think its still the 1800's!

Unknown said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Does this mean prices are going up ?

June 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

I bet that is the whole (sole) reason for the crabs suddenly and mysteriously being "scarce". At the beginning of the year there was an "abundance" of crabs, the most they had seen in a long time. Now, however, as the 4th of July approaches, no one can seem to find any crabs? BS.

Anonymous said...

Well every year bad water strikes and crabs shed around the Fourth of July so yea it's kinda hard to get quality crabs around this time. Been the same way for decades. Nothing to do with the population, just a product of natural cycles.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, 653. It's all a liberal conspiracy... The snowflakes are making this all up... I'm so glad you let us know the truth!

bayman said...

@ 1:53, Money rules. People have done stranger things than this.