Va. to revisit blue crab harvest rules
Virginia regulators are scheduled to review harvest regulations for blue crab following a survey that found the Chesapeake Bay delicacy is rebounding after years of decline.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission meets Tuesday in Newport News to discuss the survey and review regulations.
The annual winter dredge survey showed the crab population rose by 60 percent, the second straight year the blue crab population has increased. The 2010 survey showed the crab population at 658 million — the highest since 1997.
Virginia and Maryland have taken steps to reduce the crab harvest. They include shortening the season and ending a winter dredge season, which scoops up hibernating pregnant females.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post editors
| April 27, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories: Virginia | Tags: Blue crab, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Newport News Virginia, Population, United States, Virginia, Virginia Marine Resources Commission
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