Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Chesapeake Blue Crab Population Increases in 2016

The blue crab population in Chesapeake Bay has increased to some of the highest levels in recent decades. It's likely to be a strong crab harvest, but it's too early to claim victory in efforts to rebuild the blue crab stock. The mature female spawning stock remains below the target of 215 million crabs and juvenile abundance was about average. While these numbers are encouraging, maintaining the current management strategy of protecting the female spawning stock is important to sustain the rebuilding effort.

Read more about the results at the Bay Journal.