While I seldom agree with columnist Dan Rodricks, his commentary on the Chesapeake Bay's declining crab population hit the nail on the head ("It's time to stop tinkering and just ban crabbing for one year," May 3).

My family is from the Eastern Shore, and I grew up appreciating the marvelous bounty that comes from the Chesapeake Bay. However, the bay needs a rest. A three-year moratorium on crab harvesting would be ideal, but I'll take whatever I can get.

Additionally, there should be a permanent ban on commercial harvesting of female crabs. Growing up we were always taught to put them back so the species can survive.

I have not eaten a Maryland crab for at least eight years, and I will continue to refuse them until there is an official moratorium in place. The crabbers will survive. Bay fisherman survived the rockfish moratorium and it worked quite well. Let's do the same for the crabs.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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