Chesapeake Bay's Spawning Female Blue Crab Stocks at Highest Level in 28 Years
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] April 20, 2017
The crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is resilient and steady as the biomass of spawning-age females is now at a 28-year high for the fishery according to the latest survey from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Accordign to the DNR’s 2017 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey the overall population of crabs was estimated at 455 million, the 11th highest level recorded by the survey. The spawning female stock increased 31 percent, from 194 million to 254 million, exceeding the healthy target level of 215 million for the first time since 2010...
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