CBF Issues Statement on Winter Crab Dredge Survey Results

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore issued this statement following the release of the Winter Crab Dredge Survey results.

"Despite this winter's cold temperatures, the Bay's blue crab population remains healthy. Conservative, scientific management designed to ensure a robust female crab population is paying dividends. 

"There are many natural variables that affect the crab population, including weather, predation, and reproductive success. While improving water quality and record Bay grass acreage bodes well for the future of this iconic creature, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation encourages fishery managers to continue to use the best science to ensure the health of the population and the recreational and commercial fisheries that depend on it."

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