Record low numbers prompt limits on Chesapeake Bay crabbing

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will take effect this year.

The changes are being made after the yearly blue crab count plummeted to its lowest level since surveys began in 1990. Tighter harvest limits are being issued by both Maryland and Virginia. The states are trying to protect the iconic species and boost reproduction in the nation’s largest estuary. The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland is issuing the first-ever limits on how many bushels of male blue crabs can be hauled in each day. Limits typically regulate female crabs to ensure that enough of them spawn.

Bushel limits will also be reduced in Virginia for crabs – both male and female — starting October 1.


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