ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Wondering what kind of year it will be for Chesapeake Bay crabs?

One of the big clues comes in April when the results of the winter dredge survey are released. The survey, conducted by Maryland and Virginia, is the most comprehensive look at the bay’s crab population.

Its findings are used to decide how long the season is and how many crabs can be taken.

Last year’s survey found the population had rebounded in the wake of strict limits, but was still below the long-term average.

Those limits were put in place as previous surveys found a sharp drop in the crab population. Virginia and Maryland cut the crab harvest by a third beginning in 2008, as well as shortening the season and banning the dredging of hibernating pregnant females.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. williejoe says:

    The watermen, restaurants, & distributors are all in collusion. They artificially drive the price up & then with $4 a gallon gasoline, the crabs will become plentiful but by then they can shove them.

  2. Debbie says:

    Gee after the end of this session of the MD General Assembly no one will be able to afford them .

  3. pigeon says:

    What Kind Of Year Will It Be For Chesapeake Crabs?
    An unaffordable one just like the past 5 years or so.

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