Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Assessment Finds a Healthy Population

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The latest assessment of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population has determined that it is healthy, and no management changes are necessary. The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) meets annually to review the results of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab surveys and harvest data, and to develop management advice.

As the CBSAC report notes, improvements in the collection of harvest data would further our knowledge of various blue crab fisheries. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) continues to support the CBSAC recommendation for improvements in data collection that will provide more accurate recreational and commercial harvest data.

Following the release, CBF Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist Chris Moore issued the following statement:

“While the Bay’s crab population has natural fluctuations, the science-based management actions taken in 2008, to build a healthier blue crab population, are working. Although down slightly overall this year, the crab population remains robust and stable. CBF concurs that no additional, significant management restrictions are necessary.”

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