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« on: January 29, 2009, 10:43:53 AM »

 

   The baltimoresun.com today has an artical on the blue crab harvest of 2008 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Lets all hope 2009 season will be plentiful blue crab harvest and throw all female crabs back so there will be plenty for 2010 laugh laugh laugh laugh
   baltimoresun.com scroll down on left side artical on 2008 blue crab harvest
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009, 10:44:40 AM »

I agree, throw thwm she crabs back.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009, 11:09:07 AM »

HERE IT IS
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bay_environment/bal-te.md.crabs29jan29,0,7426601.story
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009, 11:15:09 AM »

Thanks . Nice read.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009, 01:18:31 PM »

Well with the recs. not keeping females there was a lot more females there for the comms. to catch that is more than likely why there catch was up don't you think.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2009, 01:45:51 PM »

Well with the recs. not keeping females there was a lot more females there for the comms. to catch that is more than likely why there catch was up don't you think.

All the more reason everyone should have to report.  If everyone was reporting you would have seen the transition of the female harvest from the recs to the comms if there were any. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2009, 01:55:59 PM »

I reported every crab i caught last year  Grin Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009, 01:57:15 PM »

I ate every crab i caught .  Wink laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 02:49:21 PM »

I reported every crab i caught last year  Grin Grin Grin Grin

As I did also.   Cool
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009, 02:58:46 PM »

If the crab catch was down they would have said we need more restrictions because the resource is being depleted and if the catch is up they would say that we need more regulations because what we have is not working.

I don't know what the correct answer is and I certainly want the crab population to improve, but the state seems to have set up a no win situation.

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« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2009, 09:10:12 PM »

I also reported my catch for the 2008 season,plus the number of females I caught and released with the average size them both.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2009, 07:02:32 PM »

I don't know why they are suprised that the catch was up.  The dredge survey showed the population was up almost 10%.  Click this link and scroll down till you see the graph showing number of crabs living in the bay.  Population was up by 23 million.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/crab/winter_dredge.html
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« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2009, 07:17:46 PM »

Kinda looks like the Blizzard in 96 might a killed the crab... don't it....
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« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2009, 10:02:55 PM »

 Year  Millions of Crabs  Year  Millions of Crabs
 1990  791  1999  308
 1991  828  2000  281
 1992  367  2001  254
 1993  852  2002  315
 1994  487  2003  334
 1995  487  2004  280
 1996  661  2005  415
 1997  680  2006  324
 1998  353  2007  260
     2008  283
LOOKING AT THE CHART 2001 WASTHE LOWEST COUNT IN  YEARS AND 4 YEARS LATER IS WAS UP TO 415 MILLION CRABS WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS AND NOW WITH A FEMALE RESTRICTION LAST YEAR AND A NO WINTER DREGE IN VA THE 2009 NUMBERS SHOULD SHOW A LARGER INCREASE OVER 2008.IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHY MD AND VA DIDNT SAY THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN 2001 AT ITS LOWEST POINT.
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« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2009, 10:19:44 PM »

Thats how slow the wheels turn.


Very nice chart though. Looks like crabs can pretty much double every couple years. It looks easily sustainable to me at the current catch rate and the extra effort DNR has been putting in effect good or bad will help even more. I don't think it will hurt our current catch much. Not from what I see in that chart.
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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2009, 10:45:35 PM »

Year  Millions of Crabs  Year  Millions of Crabs
 1990  791  1999  308
 1991  828  2000  281
 1992  367  2001  254
 1993  852  2002  315
 1994  487  2003  334
 1995  487  2004  280
 1996  661  2005  415
 1997  680  2006  324
 1998  353  2007  260
     2008  283
LOOKING AT THE CHART 2001 WASTHE LOWEST COUNT IN  YEARS AND 4 YEARS LATER IS WAS UP TO 415 MILLION CRABS WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS AND NOW WITH A FEMALE RESTRICTION LAST YEAR AND A NO WINTER DREGE IN VA THE 2009 NUMBERS SHOULD SHOW A LARGER INCREASE OVER 2008.IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHY MD AND VA DIDNT SAY THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN 2001 AT ITS LOWEST POINT.

why such a spike?
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009, 02:31:33 AM »

why such a spike?


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Year  Millions of Crabs  Year  Millions of Crabs
 1990  791  1999  308
 1991  828  2000  281
 1992  367  2001  254
 1993  852  2002  315
 1994  487  2003  334
 1995  487  2004  280
 1996  661  2005  415
 1997  680  2006  324
 1998  353  2007  260
     2008  283
LOOKING AT THE CHART 2001 WASTHE LOWEST COUNT IN  YEARS AND 4 YEARS LATER IS WAS UP TO 415 MILLION CRABS WITHOUT ANY RESTRICTIONS AND NOW WITH A FEMALE RESTRICTION LAST YEAR AND A NO WINTER DREGE IN VA THE 2009 NUMBERS SHOULD SHOW A LARGER INCREASE OVER 2008.IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHY MD AND VA DIDNT SAY THERE WAS A PROBLEM IN 2001 AT ITS LOWEST POINT.



The three years highlighted are the ones I wonder about.
fluctuates about 500 million crabs, first down then back up
If I'm not mistaken, it was right around that time that dnr put an 8 hr work day on commercial crabbers..  seems like an awful severe swing in numbers.  I wonder if they were adjusted to make things look worse than they really were, for the purpose of getting regulations changed?  It is known that they(dnr) deliberately withheld the 2008 results until after they got the female regulations changed, because the dredge survey showed almost 20 % increase in juvenile crabs
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Rich, looks like the DNR hasn't changed.....figures.  Make up their own numbers to get what they want... Angry Angry Angry
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2009, 07:49:28 AM »

That spike from 91 to 93 is the result of the Rockfish Moratorium.  Some would argue its because there were no rockfish eating crabs, others would say its because everybody who had been relying on rockfish started crabbing hardcore to make up the difference.
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