Is blue crab doomed?

July 30, 2000

Crabbing isn't what it used to be in Anne Arundel. Crabs and watermen have decreased.

Maryland tightened its limits on fishing times and catches a few years ago to reverse the blue crab's decline.

Are these limits helping?

Since the rules went into effect, commercial watermen have harvested greater numbers of the shellfish than they did before the restrictions. And crabbers often are willing to take large numbers of blue crabs at the minimum legal size.

How can Maryland and Chesapeake waterman ensure that the blue crab is here to stay?

Send your responses to our Anne Arundel Question of the Month by mailing, faxing or e-mailing letters to the editor. The gray box on this page tells you how you can respond. Letters will be published in August.

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