Saturday, May 1, 2010

Chesapeake Bay crab numbers up

Good news for crabs in the Chesapeake Bay as the 2010 winter dredge survey showed significant increases in both adult and young of the year crabs (Maryland DNR). Dr. Rom Lipcius of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science was quoted as saying:

“The substantial rise in abundance of mature crabs and juveniles was clearly a response of the crab population to unprecedented management actions, such as the closure of the winter dredge fishery, by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and partner agencies. The increase was neither a random event nor a reflection of improved environmental conditions,” said Dr. Rom Lipcius who directs the VIMS component of the dredge survey.

View figures from the dredge survey report here.