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Virginia Marine Resources Commission
From Virginia, another idea for reversing crab decline

The latest idea for pulling Chesapeake blue crabs back from the brink of disaster — a fascinating and frustrating subject about which everyone seems to have an opinion — comes from the watermen who harvest and sell crabs in the Virginia end of the bay. They've asked the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to give each commercial crabber an annual catch limit and let him crab whenever and wherever he wants, with no seasonal restrictions, until he reaches his maximum haul for the year. The individual limits would be based on the total annual harvest that fisheries managers consider sustainable. The watermen who proposed this want to eliminate the pressure to catch their...