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« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2006, 10:19:17 PM »

OK, so JC says my estimate of 10% is too high, more like 5%. Even less of a spit in the ocean.
If you really want to know check some of the historical reports on the site, that's where I am sure I read it.  Wink I doubt it fluctuates more than a percent. But I upped my catch this year so maybe your right. Grin
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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2006, 10:28:19 AM »


http://mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/mdcomfish/crab/mdcomcrab.cfm

Here are the "facts" from MD DNR.

Of course, they are a little behind (2003?)
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2006, 10:31:13 AM »


That covers the commerical catch but not the recreational.  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2006, 10:32:28 AM »

That covers the commerical catch but not the recreational. Wink

Right.  Are they're any such numbers? I don't think so. Huh
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« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2006, 11:29:29 AM »

Right. Are they're any such numbers? I don't think so. Huh


No, there aren't any rec. numbers available in Maryland. That's why I've always wondered how anyone could say that the rec. catch is 5-10%. Huh Must be their best guess. Undecided
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« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2006, 12:59:18 AM »

I am pretty sure I read it in a study published on the board a few years back by Tom Powers or it might have been Steve. Undecided Published or not 5% is probably high. And it is pretty easy is for them to figure out, est stock, comm catch, remaining stock + comm catch - est stock = REC catch. Think of all the months you are waiting, the windy days, the head start they get, and all them pots laying in the bay. Regardless what it is we are still getting the crumbs so no one should complain. Sad
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« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2006, 11:02:52 AM »

I am pretty sure I read it in a study published on the board a few years back by Tom Powers or it might have been Steve. Undecided Published or not 5% is probably high. And it is pretty easy is for them to figure out, est stock, comm catch, remaining stock + comm catch - est stock = REC catch. Think of all the months you are waiting, the windy days, the head start they get, and all them pots laying in the bay. Regardless what it is we are still getting the crumbs so no one should complain. Sad

I agree, Joe,  The rec catch is crumbs compared to the comm catch.  There is no way to count the rec catch, unless every crabber checked every crab, and that is highly unlikely.  Also, how accurate do you think the commercial catch numbers are?
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« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2006, 02:29:25 PM »

I hear you weed, what's the point. Undecided
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« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2006, 03:46:35 PM »

Wye not have the BCA members develop a form to track their catches per year then we can summit them to a member to monitor our yearly catches. We can track things like water temp, weather condition, number of catches and throwbacks, etc... Examples of a form can summited to this site until mid March. A final verse of the form can be voted on and announce in the last week of March before the start of the crabbing season. (Just thinking a little.) Cool Cool Cool
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« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2006, 04:32:11 PM »

I hear you weed, what's the point. Undecided

Just agreeing with you, Doctor. Undecided
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« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2006, 04:42:50 PM »

I go to have fun, not couting crabs,  throwbacks. water temp, ect.
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« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2006, 05:07:20 PM »

I go to have fun, not couting crabs, throwbacks. water temp, ect.

Good point.  I do like the idea of keeping some records on the catches, however, if that type of information gets into the wrong hands, you never know how it can be interpreted.

Picture this:  The BCA keeps records for a while, and we see that, wow, we're catching a LOT of crabs, more than were predicted based on statistics.  Next thing you know, the catch limit goes from 1 bushel/day to 1/2 bushel per day Lips Sealed
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« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2006, 05:12:30 PM »

Just agreeing with you, Doctor. Undecided
I know that Jeff. Wink
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2006, 05:45:42 PM »

Jeff,

Now that I think about it I agree with you. Things do seem to have a way to come back and get you. Cool
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« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2006, 09:47:47 PM »


     Hi All,

             I thought this would be an interesting subject for all to read. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/education/crab/bluecrabfacts.html


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