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Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds
Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds

The Chesapeake Bay's crab population has rebounded from last year's perilously low level, state officials reported Monday, meaning there could be more of the iconic crustaceans to feast on this summer — though at what price is anyone's guess. Despite a frigid winter that killed nearly one in five crabs baywide, a recently completed survey by Maryland and Virginia found their abundance has jumped 38 percent this year, to an estimate of more than 410 million. Crucially, the number of female crabs old enough to reproduce, which had dipped into the danger zone last year, has climbed 47 percent, according to the annual survey. State fisheries officials attributed the...