4-27-11: Our Crustacean Nation
Last week, Governor O’Malley announced that the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is at its second highest level since 1997. He called it good news. However, another way to describe the same census is that the crab population is down 31 percent from last year.
At the same time, the Department of Natural Resources is considering changing its catch limits. You can check out what they’re considering here — go to page 11 of the slideshow.
To sort out exactly what this decrease indicates about the health of the Bay’s crab community–and why they’re considering refining catch limits — we turn to Lynn Fegley, Assistant Director of the Fisheries Service for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Bill Goldsborough, senior fishery scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.