ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland crabbing industry officials say electronic harvest reporting is catching on.
Maryland’s Blue Crab Industry Design Team says almost 270 commercial crabbers and crab dealers have expressed interest in participating in the electronic reporting program for the 2013 crabbing season, which starts on April 1.READ MORE: Maryland Dept. Of Health Website Operational After Cyberattack
Fifty watermen used mobile devices last season to report their catch. Organizers say that eliminates the need for costly printing and processing of paper reports and improve management of the fishery.READ MORE: Pending Regulatory Approval, Sportsbook At Horseshoe Casino Could Open Friday
The Design Team is a partnership of commercial watermen, the Department of Natural Resources, the Environmental Defense Fund and the Maryland Watermen’s Association.
Organizers say commercial crabbers can sign up anytime for the program. Participants are not required to submit monthly paper reports and can choose their day off on a weekly basis.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Killing Evelyn Player Was Working In Her Church, Attorney Says; Will Plead Not Criminally Responsible
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