(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee has released its report on the status of the Bay’s crab population. Estimates from this year’s winter dredge survey found that the population is 60 percent above the previous year, and the best since 2012. Following the report, Lisa Feldt, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Vice President for Environmental Protection and Restoration, issued this statement.
“While the Bay’s crab population can fluctuate, this year’s results are a demonstration that the risk-averse, scientific management programs in place are working. Improved habitat and clean water are essential for a healthy crab population. Continuing to implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint will help make that happen. That’s good news for those who catch crabs as well as those who enjoy eating them.”