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« on: May 09, 2018, 03:18:26 PM »

Survey Finds Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Healthy.

http://www.wboc.com/story/38149274/survey-finds-chesapeake-bay-blue-crab-population-healthy
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 06:15:47 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 09:02:13 PM »

Hate to see that the adult population is down. But on the flip side it is good to see the juveniles are there.
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2018, 03:08:40 PM »

Hi fellas! 

I looked at the study and it seems “healthy” is a relative term. According to the charts there is a lot to be concerned about. Almost all numbers are trending downward, except young of the year crabs (crabs smaller than 2.4 inches).

I’m beginning to wonder if the harvesting of male crabs only is contributing to these declines.

http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/blue-crab/dredge.aspx
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 03:14:22 PM »

Hi fellas! 

I looked at the study and it seems “healthy” is a relative term. According to the charts there is a lot to be concerned about. Almost all numbers are trending downward, except young of the year crabs (crabs smaller than 2.4 inches).

I’m beginning to wonder if the harvesting of male crabs only is contributing to these declines.

http://dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/Pages/blue-crab/dredge.aspx

sure it is.  And everyone wants the large males.  Mother nature self regulates if allowed to but once man starts to tinker with her, everything goes to the crapper......
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 03:21:44 PM »

let everyone keep females again, it will work itself out

(everyone except Black Irish!)
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 03:25:21 PM »

let everyone keep females again, it will work itself out

(everyone except Black Irish!)


Whoa there Chris.....within reason.  there should be reasonable and sustainable limits on both sexes.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2018, 03:26:18 PM »

your gonna have to elaborate. A basket of crabs is a a basket of crabs
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2018, 03:27:14 PM »

your gonna have to elaborate. A basket of crabs is a a basket of crabs

DNR doesn't think so......   laugh
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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2018, 03:31:09 PM »

We didn't start having a crab problem until DNR started messing with things.

DNR was supposed to be "guided by science", but they're not, they're guided by what the legislature tells them they are.

...and that's wrong, that's why they are failing as an agency
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2018, 03:33:27 PM »

We didn't start having a crab problem until DNR started messing with things.

DNR was supposed to be "guided by science", but they're not, they're guided by what the legislature tells them they are.

...and that's wrong, that's why they are failing as an agency

Agreed, read my original post about this.  DNR started messing with the species....first rockfish and now it is crabs.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2018, 03:33:31 PM »

every species, land or water, they control is failing. Some no longer exist, quail, grouse, pheasant.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2018, 03:35:17 PM »

The problem with rockfish is there is a size limit.

They should remove that and enforce the current law. No culling, your limit is two. Any size
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2018, 04:31:40 PM »

LOL, no one believes the Dredge report from what I've read. Just ask the experts, they have answers too.

 Just have to let it play out, there are no guarantees with the resources, too many variables to consider.  Got to have some kind of plan, even if it's a bad plan.
 Every year is different, but the crabbers(the one constant) are more now then ever, IMHO. That's a lot of pressure on the resource. People love their crabs.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2018, 05:17:48 PM »

let everyone keep females again, it will work itself out

(everyone except Black Irish!)
Holy Cow! Shocked That's a blast from the past.  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2018, 07:21:37 AM »

Don’t mean to be cynical, but look what they’re doing to the deer herd here.

Wanna get rid of the snakeheads, put dnr in charge of them.
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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2018, 07:22:06 AM »

 
Don’t mean to be cynical, but look what they’re doing to the deer herd here.

Wanna get rid of the snakeheads, put dnr in charge of them.
laugh laugh That's a good one.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2018, 08:33:20 AM »

LOL, no one believes the Dredge report from what I've read. Just ask the experts, they have answers too.

 Just have to let it play out, there are no guarantees with the resources, too many variables to consider.  Got to have some kind of plan, even if it's a bad plan.
 Every year is different, but the crabbers(the one constant) are more now then ever, IMHO. That's a lot of pressure on the resource. People love their crabs.

Heard the same thing about Obama's healthcare plan........   Wink  Now that was a success.   Embarassed Embarassed
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