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Maryland Watermen and Blue Crab News

 

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Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Remains Low

May 12, 2014

MDNR Press Release, 5/1/2014

Crabbing at safe levels, additional management protections for females planned

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the 2014 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results, which showed the abundance of spawning-age females was 69 million, declining just below the minimum safe level of 70 million.  Read more here.

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Treasured Island - The People of Tangier Fear Their Life, Land and Heritage Could Wash Away

May 12, 2014

Al-Jazeera America

http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/tangier-island/

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Winter did a number on Chesapeake Bay blue crabs, lowering the population again

May 12, 2014

By , Published: May 1, Washington Post

The long and brutal winter was especially unkind to the iconic Chesapeake Bay blue crab. The total number of crabs projected by the latest survey — 297 million — continued a downward trend that started last year, following the remarkably high estimate of 765 million in 2012.  Read more here.

 

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Opinion Pieces Related to Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey Results

May 12, 2014

Singing the blues [Editorial], Baltimore Sun

May 05, 2014

Our view: Latest survey results suggest Chesapeake Bay crabs will be in short supply this year and that more must be done to protect their future

It’s time to stop tinkering and just ban crabbing for one year

May 03, 2014|Dan Rodricks

Stop harvesting and eating crabs for 365 days. We had a five-year moratorium on rockfish (1985-1990), and they made a comeback. We should try something similar for the blue crab, and either provide one-year relief for the affected watermen or offer them jobs planting trees or working on other projects to improve water quality in the bay.

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Maryland must address pollutants if it’s to safeguard the last major fishery in the Chesapeake Bay

May 08, 2014|By Gerald W. Winegrad

Davidson, New Windsor, May 11, 2014

I’d like to put in my two cents worth on the blue crab situation in the Chesapeake Bay. In his letter, Richard Anderson made a valid point as to the size of the industry and number of people that would be affected (“Crabbing moratorium isn’t the answer,” May 7). 

 

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Blue crabs, Chesapeake Bay cleanup top environmental concerns

Jane 07, 2014

Tim Prudente, Capital Gazette

Watermen are keeping an eye on crab populations. The number of adult female crabs increased last year, while the overall population declined. Watermen are waiting to see if the increased number of females spawn to shore up overall populations.  Read more here.

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The mystery of the missing blue crabs

November 07, 2013

Bay Journal

Scientists unable to completely explain how an extra ordinary abundance of juveniles resulted in a disappointing harvest.  Read more here.

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Touring the Chesapeake Bay with its legendary watermen

October 15, 2013

Washington Post

The idea is this: Tourism opens up another source of income for watermen while giving the public a chance to experience such centuries-old practices as baiting crab pots and tonging oysters. Or, if you’re the less hands-on sort, listening to a fish tale or two on a sunset cruise or a kayak trip. Read more here.

 

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Md. Restaurants Plan Weeklong Celebration Of Local Seafood

October 07, 2013

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — “From the Bay for the Bay.” It is a weeklong celebration of Maryland seafood benefiting the Oyster Recovery Partnership.  For a link to participating restaurants and more information, click here.

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A better way to manage the crab harvest

September 24, 2013

Baltimore Sun Letter to the Editor:  Jenn Aiosa, EDF and Mark Bryer, TNC

It’s been five years since the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery was declared a disaster, and despite progress using science-based guidelines for protecting female crabs, the iconic Chesapeake crustacean is still not out of the woods. The Baltimore Sun’s call for management change (“Blue outlook for blue crabs,” Sept. 18) hits the mark; the bay’s blue crab needs better management based on baywide total catch limits, allocations among the states and licensed fishermen and much greater accountability for all blue crab harvesting. Read more here.

 

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Ways to increase the crab catch

September 20, 2013

Opinion

There is no easy solution, but as a recreational crabber I would like to see the DNR start with “banding” the commercial female crab catch for the next two years, then take a look to see if this helps increase the catch. They may also consider increasing the “size catch” of the crabs to 6 inches and limiting the crabbing season to June through September. Read more here.

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Crab Eat Crab World Hurts 2013

September 20, 2013

Chesapeake crabbers and scientists say 2013 has been one of the worst years in decades for blue crab harvesting, and scientists are attributing the collapse, at least in part, to a murderous biological process: crab cannibalism.  Read more here.

 

 

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Blue outlook for blue crabs

September 18, 2013

The Baltimore Sun

By most accounts, this has been a good year for eating Maryland blue crabs — just not by human beings. The Chesapeake Bay crab harvest is down, in part because of predators and cannibalism, but that’s not the whole story. Read more here.

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Crab harvest lowest in years

September 18, 2013

By Jesse Yeatman, SoMDNews

Watermen and scientists in Maryland are saying this is the worst crab season in recent memory, and are blaming weather patterns, an abundance of predators and even cannibalism.  Read more here.

 

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For watermen, better data means fewer restrictions

July 29, 2013

More timely reporting of individual crab catches will improve the collective accuracy of crab harvest data. Better harvest data will allow fisheries managers to set catch limits based upon facts, not estimates. In turn, this should also decrease the number of restrictions on commercial watermen. Improved predictability will result in a more efficient fishery, a better business environment and a consistent supply for crab lovers. That’s an outcome to be proud of.  Read more here.

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed by Jenn Aiosa, Environmental Defense Fund

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Taking Crabbing Into The Digital Age

July 29, 2013

A year ago, a coalition of crabbers, environmentalists, and regulators launched a project that they hoped would get more accurate, timely, and immediately useful data on the crab harvest. And they say the project has been successful… at least, so far.

WYPR’s Joel McCord reports.

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Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab stock considered sustainable in 2013

June 27, 2013

A report on the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population reveals a stock that is not overfished and within which overfishing is not occurring.  According to an annual evaluation from the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC), the start of the 2013 crabbing season saw 147 million adult female crabs in the Bay, which marks a 54 percent increase from last year’s abundance of adult females.  Read more here.

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Smith Island Disappearing, Scientists Say

June 27, 2013

A visit to Smith Island, Md., is like a trip back to a simpler, slower time – but its days are numbered. Chip Reid explains. View video and read more here.

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Watermen Find Bliss On The Bay Despite Challenges

June 13, 2013

Brown says being a waterman is even tougher than it was when he got started on his own, about 40 years ago. But looking for another line of work just isn’t an option. …being a waterman isn’t a job — it’s a way of life. And it’s a way of life that Robert T. Brown isn’t about to give up… no matter what the changing tides bring. Read more here.

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Drop in Bay's crab population to bring new catch curbs

April 22, 2013

Tim Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

With a new survey finding the Chesapeake Bay’s crab population at its lowest level in five years after a poor spawn last year, Maryland officials announced Friday they would move to tighten catch limits on the region’s iconic crustacean.  Read more here.

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Chesapeake Bay survey shows drop in blue crab population, but spawning-age females increased

April 22, 2013

Associated Press

The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has dropped steeply, according to an annual survey released Friday, and Maryland officials said they will work with the crabbing industry to reduce bushel limits by about 10 percent for female crabs this year. Read more here.

 

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Larry Simns, founder of Maryland Watermen’s Association, dies

April 04, 2013

Simns, a passionate defender of Bay’s watermen, was also known for building consensus with agencies in mutual battle to save Chesapeake’s degraded waters.  Read more here.

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Mikulski, O'Malley praise late Larry Simns

April 04, 2013

In a March 14 statement, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said, “Larry stood sentry for the watermen of the Chesapeake Bay for over forty years and courageously carried their banner into the 21st century. He fought to preserve their traditions and their opportunity to work on the water like their forefathers.

“He also had the tough challenge of helping them navigate a tough economy and difficult environmental factors facing our beloved Bay. He did not have an easy job.  Read more here.

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Lawrence W. "Larry" Simns Sr., bay advocate

April 04, 2013

Lawrence W. “Larry” Simns Sr., a fourth-generation waterman and longtime advocate for the Chesapeake Bay and those who make their living from its waters, died Thursday of bone cancer at his Rock Hall home. He was 75.  Read more here.

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Maryland's blue crab season will likely have a slow start

April 04, 2013

By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun

April 1 is the official start to the blue crab harvest in Maryland. But don’t reach for your mallet just yet. “It’s not time for crabs,” said Jessica Borowski, a manager at Midtown BBQ and Brew. “It’s too cold out.” The crabs seem to agree. The Chesapeake Bay’s water temperature hasn’t risen enough for the crabs to become active — and catchable.  Read more here.

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270 crabbers, dealers interested in electronic reporting for the 2013 Maryland season

April 04, 2013

By Associated Press

Maryland’s Blue Crab Industry Design Team says almost 270 commercial crabbers and crab dealers have expressed interest in participating in the electronic reporting program for the 2013 crabbing season, which starts on April 1. Read more here.

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Learn from a Chesapeake Bay Waterman

March 03, 2013

Baltimore Sun, Tom Horton

Hardly a month goes by that The Sun does not further document how Chesapeake Bay pollution is eroding the livelihoods of our watermen.  Saving the bay is not just saving fish or reducing nutrients. It is saving unique human cultures still tied to nature as few moderns are. Read more here.

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Larry Simns Named Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay

Jane 29, 2013

Maryland Watermen’s Association founder celebrates 40 years of service.

Governor Martin O’Malley has designated Larry Simns Admiral of the Chesapeake for his work as the chief advocate for Maryland’s watermen and their communities, and for his role in promoting changes to better ensure the sustainability of commercial fishing in the State. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Griffin presented the award to Simns’ family, on January 18 at the 39th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Exposition in Ocean City. Read more here.

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Maryland Watermen's Association founder honored

Jane 29, 2013

Larry Simns is a man whose many actions to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its inhabitants have always spoken louder than his few words.

As the founder and four-decade president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association, Simns has been the chief advocate for both the state’s commercial fisherman and the water body where they catch their livelihood. Read more here.

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Our Bay: Larry Simns named 'Admiral of the Chesapeake'

Jane 29, 2013

Annapolis Capital

Gov. Martin O’Malley has named longtime Eastern Shore waterman Larry Simns as the state’s newest Admiral of the Chesapeake.  Read more here.

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Update on Successful Blue Crab Electronic Reporting Pilot Project

Jane 18, 2013

Rockhall Wave, Jan. 10, 2013

The Design Team would like to give you a quick update on the progress of the Pilot Project, including some of the initial results, and a heads-up on what’s next.

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Maryland's crab reporting system to expand in 2013

Jane 18, 2013

The Annapolis Capital,  Jan. 15, 2013

The state plans to expand its mobile reporting system for crabbers when the 2013 crabbing season gets under way in April.

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State continues ban on blue crab dredging, extends potting season

December 06, 2012

By Tamara Dietrich, Daily Press

Winter dredging for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is closed for the fifth year in a row as the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) moved Monday to continue to protect and rebuild the stock of pregnant hibernating females. Click here to read more.

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Va. to study effects of dredging for blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay

December 06, 2012

Virginia is paying for a scientific study to determine how harmful dredging for blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay may be to the ecosystem and crab population.  Click here to learn more about the effort.

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Season of changes for a family of watermen

November 13, 2012

The Darkroom is the photography and video blog of The Baltimore Sun.  This piece illustrates the crabbing season from the perspective of 74 year old watermen, Harry Foote Jr.  Read more and see photos here.

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Watermen's Association gears up for 40th year

November 06, 2012

County Times,  Oct. 22

Maryland watermen are preparing for the 40th anniversary of the Maryland Watermen’s Association (MWA) to be commemorated during 2013. This active Association has represented watermen and the seafood industry in Maryland since 1973 and also marks the 40th anniversary of Capt. Larry Simns’ service as MWA President.  Read more here.

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Evaluating the Effects of Superstorm Sandy on the Chesapeake Bay

November 06, 2012

Posted: 11/01/2012, ABC2News

So how do watermen deal with all of the debris headed further downstream?  Read more here.

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Md. Watermen Get Extension on Crabbing Season

November 06, 2012

By Steven Fisher, WBOC

Watermen will be allotted extra days to make up for what Sandy took away. Read more here.

 

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Crabbing by tablet

October 29, 2012

By:  John Terrett, Al Jazeera English

The Washington-based correspondent took time to go crabbing and learn about the industry-led pilot project.  See the video and read more here.

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Hard 'scraping' brings soft-crab rewards

October 02, 2012

By: Tim Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

The Smith Islander is one of a ‘dying breed’ still using 19th-century fishing gear, Read More

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Waterman seeks return of Potomac crabbing license

October 02, 2012

By: Jesse Yeatman, Southern Maryland News

Lumpkins says he has paid his dues and wants to ply his trade again, Read More

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Outdoors: Quality time for crabbing

October 02, 2012

By: Chris D. Dollar, Capital Gazette

Discusses the 2012 catch in the recreational and commercial sectors, Read More

 

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The Time of the Ancient Mariner

October 02, 2012

By: Brice Stump, Delmarva News

At 91, Art Daniels still piles trade as a watermen, Read More

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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Hardshell Crab Season in Maryland

October 02, 2012

By: Jay Lloyd, CBS Philadelphia

A Chesapeake Bay getaway can yield a bumper crop of hardshells at the year’s lowest prices, Read More

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Maryland Led Nation in Crab Sales

October 02, 2012

By: Liz Holland, Delmarva News

Maryland’s blue crab harvest last year led the nation, Read More

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Open houses celebrate traditions of the watermen

October 02, 2012

By: Chance, Maryland News Zap

The Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Area invites everyone to attend one of the upcoming weekend open houses over the next 3 months, Read More

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Chesapeake Born: A little flexibility could make harvest rules a lot more fair for watermen

September 20, 2012

By: Tom Horton, Chesapeake Bay Journal

Better harvest reporting will lead to better management, Read More

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Tylerton, MD from sunrise to sunset

September 20, 2012

By: Barbara Taylor, The Baltimore Sun

A photo journal of a day spent in Tylerton, MD, Read More

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Watermen Caught by High Gas Prices

September 20, 2012

By: Steven Fisher, WBOC News Delmarva

Rising gas prices cause some watermen to hang up early, Read More

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A better way to ensure the bay's bounty

August 22, 2012

By: Tom Horton, Baltimore Sun

Crabbing rules, unsatisfactory for watermen and regulators, may get an overhaul, Read More

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Pilot program seeks more accurate count of Chesapeake Bay crabs

August 19, 2012

By: Darryl Fears, Washington Post

Pilot Project hopes to record a more accurate crab harvest that will benefit watermen, Read More 

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Watermen’s Day a success

August 13, 2012

By: Erin Fluharty

Highlights from Talbot County Watermen’s Association Watermen’s Appreciation Day August 12, 2012, Read More

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Crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay

August 03, 2012

By: Tom Horton, The Working Waterfront

Science based management has increased the health of the blue crab population. The latest management tools are being tested in the Pilot Project, Read More

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A new way of doing business for the blue crab industry

August 02, 2012

By: Gibby Dean and Larry Simns, Star Democrat

Watermen Gibby Dean and Larry Simns express their support for the Pilot Project noting that the Pilot Project will help improve crab stock and therefore improve business, Read More

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Crab Season Gets Crackin' Along Chesapeake Bay

July 31, 2012

By: Valarie D’Elia, NY1

Media visit to Talbot County highlights opportunities to enjoy crabbing with watermen on the Chesapeake, Watch More

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Crab harvest goes high-tech

July 30, 2012

By Pamela Wood, Capital Gazette,

The Pilot Project uses the latest technology to improve reporting accuracy in an effort to protect crabs and improve business fro watermen, Read More

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Watermen Go Digital For Crab Harvest Reporting

July 26, 2012

Joel McCord, WYPR News

Pilot Project marks the age of digital crab harvest reporting that hopes to increase reporting accountability and take a load off watermen Read More

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Pilot Project May Bring More Crabs, Fewer Rules to Crabbers

July 25, 2012

By: Tom Horton, Southern Maryland Online, Read More

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That Maryland crab cake might not hail from the Chesapeake

July 18, 2012

By Tim Carman, The Washington Post, Read More

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Chesapeake Bay 'dead zone' smaller this year

July 18, 2012

By: Tim Wheeler, Baltimore Sun, Read More

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Crabbers go digital to report their catch

July 16, 2012

By: Tim Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, Read More

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Virginia Watches as Maryland Watermen Pilot Digital Accountability

July 12, 2012

By: Pamela D’Angelo, NPR, Read More

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Cracking the code on crabmeat

July 11, 2012

By: Tim Carman, Washington Post, Read More

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Watermen Report Crab Shortage

July 11, 2012

By: Baltimore WJZ, Read More

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'True Blue' promotion boosts Maryland crabs

July 11, 2012

By: Tim B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, Read More

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Crab shortage hits just as the big holiday approaches

July 11, 2012

By: Jon Bleiweis, The (Salisbury, MD) Daily Times, Read More

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Maryland's crab outlook, like weather, iffy

July 11, 2012

By: Tim B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun, Read More

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High Hopes For Better Crabs Soon

July 11, 2012

By Joanne Shriner, The Dispatch Read More

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Hopefully, crab bounty a new trend

July 10, 2012

By: Delmarvanow.com, Read More

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Ridge waterman honored for life harvesting bay’s bounty

July 10, 2012

By Jesse Yeatman, somdnews.com, Read More

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CRAB SEASON BEGINS EARLY PROMISING A LARGER POPULATION

July 04, 2012

By Fox 45 Baltimore (video).  Read More

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TASTE TEST: CRABMEAT

July 03, 2012

By Washington Post Food Section.  Read More

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CRACKING THE CODE ON CRABMEAT

July 03, 2012

By Tim Carman, Washington Post.  Read More

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MARYLAND'S CRAB OUTLOOK, LIKE WEATHER, IFFY

July 02, 2012

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun.  Read more

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CRAB SHORTAGE HITS JUST AS THE BIG HOLIDAY APPROACHES

June 30, 2012

By Jon Bleiweis, Salisbury Daily Times.  Read More

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CRAB PRICES HIGHER THAN USUAL THIS TIME OF YEAR

June 29, 2012

By Steven Fisher WBOC 16.  Read More

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CATCH YOUR OWN APPEALS TO MANY

June 21, 2012

By Brian Yermal Jr., Ocean City Beachcomber.  Read More

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PICK CRABS LIKE A PRO

June 21, 2012

By Brian Yermal Jr., Ocean City Beachcomber.  Read More

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HOPEFULLY, CRAB BOUNTY A NEW TREND

June 19, 2012

By Editorial, Salisbury Daily Times.  Read More

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MD CRAB FAKES: THE BAIT AND SWITCH BEHIND THE SIGNATURE DISH

June 13, 2012

By Jessica Sidman, Washington City Paper.  Read More

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LET'S HOPE THIS YEAR'S ABUNDANT CRAB SUPPLY IS THE START OF A NEW TREND

June 12, 2012

Editorial by the Salisbury Daily Times.  Read More

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PLENTIFUL BLUE CRABS ARE BIGGER AND CHEAPER

June 11, 2012

By Brian Shane, Salisbury Daily Times.  Read More

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MD TO CERTIFY ITS CRABMEAT UNDER 'TRUE BLUE' LABEL

June 09, 2012

By Rona Kobell, Chesapeake Bay Journal.  Read More

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THINK THAT'S MD CRAB? IT'S PROBABLY NOT

May 29, 2012

By Courtney Pomeroy, Fredrick News Post.  Read More

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MD'S HOMEGROWN CRABS ARE 'TRUE BLUE'

May 29, 2012

By Sabri Ben-Achour, WAMU 88.5.  Read More

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AS BLUE CRABS REBOUND, MD TAKES CHEFS ON FIELD TRIPS TO PROMOTE THEM

May 27, 2012

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post.  Read More

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POSTCARD FROM CHESAPEAKE BAY: FROM THE LOWLY BLUE CRAB, HOPE FOR TIGERS AND HUMPBACKS

May 26, 2012

By Allen Abel, Ottawa Citizen.  Read More

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NEW PROGRAM HELPS CRABBING INDUSTRY

May 25, 2012

By Kelley L. Allen, Easton Star Democrat.  Read More

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CRAB SEASON STARTS SLOW

May 25, 2012

By Erin Fluharty, Easton Star Democrat.  Read More

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'TRUE BLUE' CRAB PROGRAM SEEKS TO STOP SEAFOOD SHELL GAME

May 22, 2012

By Tom Pelton, CBF Bay Daily.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BORN: HARD CHARGING WATERMAN PAINTS A PICTURE OF A CHANGING CHESAPEAKE

May 14, 2012

By Tom Horton, Bay Journal.  Read More

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MD FEMALE CRAB HARVEST DEADLINE SET

May 04, 2012

By Alice Bavis, WBOC.  Read More

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WATERMEN DEBATE CRAB SEASON DURATION

May 02, 2012

By Steven Fisher, WBOC.  Read More

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O'MALLEY SIGNS LAWS TO IMPROVE FISHERY MANAGEMENT

May 02, 2012

By Southern MD News Net.  Read More

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BAY BLUE CRAB POPULATION UP 66%

May 01, 2012

By Rona Kobell, Chesapeake Bay Journal.  Read More

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NO REASON TO BE CRABBY: LET'S EAT

April 30, 2012

By Jim Kennedy, Explore Harford.  Read More

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MIXED MESSAGES IN CRAB REPORT

April 28, 2012

By Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot.  Read More

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SURVEY CONFIRMS CHESAPEAKE BLUE CRAB STOCK REBOUNDING

April 27, 2012

By Shawn J. Soper, The Dispatch.  Read More

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THE CRABWICH

April 27, 2012

By Chef Spike Gjerde, Esquire.  Read More

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BLUE CRAB REVIVAL OFFERS HOPE FOR AILING FISHERIES

April 25, 2012

By Christopher Pala, IPS News.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BAY CRABS MAKING A COMEBACK

April 20, 2012

By Kate Ryan, WTOP.  Read More

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BLUE CRAB POPULATION REACHES 19 YEAR HIGH

April 20, 2012

By Jonathan Moynihan, Glen Burnie Patch.  Read More

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MARYLAND BLUE CRAB POPULATION AT 19 YEAR HIGH

April 20, 2012

By Ellen Stodola, Southern Maryland Online.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BAY CRABS AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 1993

April 19, 2012

By Kyle Parsons, WBOC.  Read More

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BLUE CRABS ARE BOOMING IN THE BAY

April 19, 2012

By Pamela Wood, The Capital.  Read More

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JUVENILE BLUE CRAB POPULATION HIGHEST ON RECORD

April 19, 2012

By Southern MD News Net.  Read More

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RECORD LEVELS OF CRABS FOUND IN WINTER SURVEY

April 19, 2012

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB POPULATION NEAR 20 YEAR HIGH

April 19, 2012

By AP / WVEC-TV.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB POPULATION AT 20 YEAR HIGH

April 19, 2012

By Olympia Meola, Times Dispatch.  Read More

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CHESAPEAKE BAY'S BLUE CRAB COUNT THE HIGHEST SINCE 1993

April 19, 2012

By Christy Armstrong, The Washington Times.  Read More

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MILD WINTER GIVES BLUE CRABS AN EARLY START

April 12, 2012

By Alyson Cunningham, Gannett / The Daily Times .  Read More

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IS YOUR MARYLAND CRAB CAKE TRUE BLUE?

April 11, 2012

By Richard Gorelick, Baltimore Sun.  Read More

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CRAB SEASON IS UNDER WAY

April 02, 2012

By Kelley L. Allen, The Star Democrat.  Read More

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Maryland Watermen

March 15, 2012

by Jennifer Keats Curtis, Maryland Life. Read More

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Bill would drastically increase boat registration fee in Maryland

March 01, 2012

By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Fithian: Leave crab pots in the Bay

March 01, 2012

By Craig O’Donnell, Star Democrat. Read More

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MD AG confirms DNR sought court orders to place tracking devices on watermen's boats

March 01, 2012

By Chris Knauss, The Star Democrat. Read More

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Winter dredge survey checks crab population

March 01, 2012

By PAMELA WOOD, The Capital. Read More

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Counting crabs in the Chesapeake

March 01, 2012

By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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DNR Heads to Annapolis for Blue Crab Regulation Hearing

Febrary 03, 2012

By Steven Fisher, WBOC. Read More

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On Chesapeake Bay, Barnegat Bay's problems are multiplied

Jane 18, 2012

By Kirk Moore, APP.COM. Read More

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Going Green: Comeback Crabs

Jane 09, 2012

By Lisa Duchene. Read More

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Scientists say plume from Irene, Storm Lee did not cause widespread damage to Chesapeake Bay

December 30, 2011

By Associated Press. Read More

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Our View: Good, bad news from the bay

December 30, 2011

By delmarvanow.com. Read More

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2011 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Advisory Report

December 30, 2011

By Chesaeake Bay Noaa. Read More

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Crab numbers dip, but still recovering

December 30, 2011

The Capital. Read More

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Blue crab population rebounds at Chesapeake Bay

December 30, 2011

By fishnewseu.com. Read More

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U.S. Senate Passes Mikulski’s Request for $51.7 Million Funding Maryland Waterway Priorities; Includes Dredging Susquehanna River Near Havre de Grace Rock Quarries

December 30, 2011

From the office of Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Read More

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Crab report finds Chesapeake Bay not overfished

December 30, 2011

By ABC2NEWS.COM. Read More

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‘Design team’ works for sustainable crab industry

December 09, 2011

By Meghan Russell, somdnews.com. Read More

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Survey will develop a clearer understanding of Bay oyster population

December 06, 2011

By Karl Blankenship, Chesapeake Bay Journal. Read More.

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Improving fisheries management, collaboration goal of Chesapeake Bay grants

December 06, 2011

By  Associated Press. Read More.

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Virginia to get $1M for Chesapeake Bay research

December 06, 2011

By Scott Harper,  The Virginian-Pilot. Read More

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Crab Team Reports to Commissioners

December 06, 2011

By Marty Madden, thebaynet.com. Read More.

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Catch limits debated for 'most important fish in sea'

November 08, 2011

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Catch limits debated for 'most important fish in sea'

October 31, 2011

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Watermen: the real story

October 27, 2011

By Gibby Dean, Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Maryland Creates A New Fish Story

October 13, 2011

By Barbara Pash, City Biz List. Read More

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Va. continues crab dredge ban

October 11, 2011

By Tim Rowland, The Capital. Read More

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Incredible crabs: Study finds restrictions on blue crab harvesting are helping the species recover

October 11, 2011

By Fredericksburg.com. Read More

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Maryland Crab Wins Blind Taste Test

October 04, 2011

By Josh Davidsburg, MD DNR. Read More

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Boat tracking program among open house topics

October 04, 2011

By Kelley L. Allen, Star Democrat. Read More

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GPS Tracking Systems Installed on Commercial Boats to Reduce Poaching

October 04, 2011

By Armand G. Read More

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Pilot GPS Tracking Program May Be Launched in MD

October 04, 2011

by Joshua Wiesenfeld. Read More

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From the Bay dining promotion begins Sunday

October 04, 2011

By Richard Gorelick, Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Keep Bay restrictions in place, Proof in crab population rebound

September 30, 2011

Gazette.Net. Read More

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Watermen are good people unfairly villified

September 29, 2011

Readers Respond, Gibby Dean, Baltimore Sun. Read Here

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On the Coast: Future of Maryland's Crabbing Industry

September 25, 2011

Courtesy of: Tara Boyle. Watch Here

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Muddy water may end Bay crab season

September 20, 2011

By KELLEY L. ALLEN Staff Writer. Read More

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Md. crab processors battle federal wage rule

September 20, 2011

By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Susquehanna River flooding not good for Chesapeake Bay

September 13, 2011

By Cory Nealon, Daily Press. Read More

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Watermen Navigating New Rules

September 03, 2011

By PAUL S. WARNER, somdnews.com. Read More

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Chesapeake Bay crabbers fishing for a brighter future

August 19, 2011

By Timothy B. Wheeler, Baltimore Sun (reprinted in the Los Angeles Times). Read More

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NOAA: More Work Needed for Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs

August 18, 2011

By Laura Tayman. Read More

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Bay crabs: protect the females

August 18, 2011

By The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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Leaders of 2 Md. watermen’s groups say they support new female focus on managing crab stocks

August 12, 2011

By  Associated Press. Read More

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Panel recommends target population for female crabs

August 12, 2011

By Kelley Allen, Star Democrat. Read More

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Chesapeake Bay blue crabs coming back slowly, NOAA reports

August 12, 2011

By John Metcalfe, ABC 7. Read More

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Tumultuous Debate Ensues Over Crabs

August 11, 2011

Editorial with Dan Joerres, WBAL-TV President & General Manager. Read More

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Scientists urge shift from counting male crab population in bay

August 11, 2011

By Pamela Wood, Annapolis Hometown. Read More

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VA. CRABBERS WORRIED STUDY WILL PINCH CATCHES

August 11, 2011

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot. Read More

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Chesapeake crab assessment focuses on females

August 09, 2011

By Alex Dominguez – Associated Press. Read More

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NEW CHESAPEAKE BAY BLUE CRAB STOCK ASSESSMENT SHOWS REBUILDING EFFORTS SHOULD CONTINUE

August 09, 2011

By Virginia Marine Resource Commission & Maryland Department of Natural Resources Read More

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Chesapeake Bay Crabbers Seek to Take Charge of Their Future

August 09, 2011

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun. Read More

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The Chesapeake Bay's blue crabs are on the rebound

August 03, 2011

By Rex Springston. Read more

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House panel cuts $32m from catch shares funds

August 02, 2011

By Richard Gaines. Read More

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TOUGHER CRABBING RESTRICTIONS IN THE BAY ARE LIKELY

July 27, 2011

By Scott Harper. Read More

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Chance of CBCFA returning to design team?

July 24, 2011

Letter to the Editor By Russell Dize. Read More

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BAY FISHERMEN'S GROUP LEAVES BLUE CRAB TEAM

July 11, 2011

By Chris Knauss. Read More

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Chefs go eye-to-claw with crabs

July 06, 2011

PAMELA WOOD, Staff Writer. Read More

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Time for every fishing boat to be tracked via transponder: Rash of poaching proves that drastic steps are needed now Baltimore Sun

May 14, 2011

By Candus Thomson. Read More

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Mikulski, Cardin Announce Grant for Developing New System to Sustain Crab Fishery

April 28, 2011

PRESS RELEASE. Read More

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Chesapeake Crab numbers down, cold weather blamed

April 19, 2011

The Daily Record
By Associated Press. Read More

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The Future of Maryland Crabbing

April 12, 2011

Baltimore Sun – LTE Response to Larry Simns Op-ed. Read More

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Md. watermen’s head: New thinking needed on crabs

April 08, 2011

The Daily Record
By Associated Press. Read More

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New thinking needed for Chesapeake Bay crab fishery

April 07, 2011

Baltimore Sun
By Larry Simns, President Maryland Watermen’s Association (Opinion). Read More

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Md. Watermen Discuss Alternative Crab Management

April 05, 2011

Associated Press.  Read More

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A new theory of 'crabonomics'

April 05, 2011

Baltimore Sun (Editorial).  Read More

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Crab quota system mulled: Watermen navigate their fate as management considered

April 01, 2011

Southern Maryland Newspapers
By Jesse Yeatman. Read More

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Phillips, competitors agree to minimum crab size in Asian markets

March 28, 2011

Baltimore Sun
By Lorraine Mirabella. Read More

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Crab census nearing completion; early indicators show healthy population

March 09, 2011

Baltimore Sun
By Candus Thomson. Read More

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Hopes and worries as blue crab season nears

Jane 29, 2011

The Daily Press
By Cory Nealon. Read More

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Helping the Bay's crabbers as well as crabs

April 15, 2010

Baltimore Sun – B’more Green Blog
By Tim Wheeler. Read More

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Maryland watermen team with Environmental Defense Fund

April 02, 2010

Easton Star Democrat. Read More

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Maryland Watermen – EDF Sign Crab Management MOU to Explore New Ways of Managing the Blue Crab Fishery

March 03, 2010

Chesapeake Bay News. Read More

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Groups Come Together to Explore Ways of Managing Blue Crab Fishery

March 02, 2010

Delmarva Town Crier. Read More

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Maryland Watermen Join Environmental Defense Fund to Explore New Ways of Managing the Blue Crab Fishery

Febrary 26, 2010

EDF Press Release. Read More

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