April 19, 2012
CBF Statement on Blue Crab Survey
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Fisheries Director Bill Goldsborough issued this statement following the release today of the 2012 blue crab winter dredge survey:
"The results of the latest blue crab survey are most heartening. Recruitment (the number of young crabs in the population) is the largest on record, and total abundance approaches levels we have not seen since the early 1990s. Clearly, the blue crab population continues to rebound, and that is great news for crabs, crabbers, and the Chesapeake Bay.
"It also validates the wise and cooperative management measures taken by Virginia and Maryland in recent years to restore the crab population. While numbers of adult female crabs are down, the female mortality rate is at or below the scientifically set target level, strong evidence that the current management measures are working and should be continued.
"CBF urges Virginia and Maryland fisheries managers to 'stay the course' and continue the science-based management approach that has lead to this resurgence in the Chesapeake Bay's most iconic fishery."