From Virginia, another idea for reversing crab decline
August 25, 2014
Dan Rodricks, August 23, 2014
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. Read more here.