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Trump plan endangers Chesapeake Bay blue crabs

Trump plan endangers Chesapeake Bay blue crabs

It’s difficult growing up a crab. Cold winters, predators, dead zones, vanishing habitat — these are just some of the threats a young crustacean faces. And now, a plan by the Trump administration to open the Atlantic seaboard to oil and gas exploration and drilling could upset the already precarious life cycle of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.

The health of the bay crab population varies year to year. Scientists recently reported cold temperatures this past winter killed 35 percent of female crabs (juvenile crabs increased). So far, careful scientific stock monitoring and management has been successful in keeping the crab population sustainable, even in the face of challenging...