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« on: July 03, 2018, 12:12:59 PM »

http://www.wboc.com/story/38559491/watermen-scientists-not-worried-with-declining-crab-population

"A new report from the Chesapeake Bay Program says blue crab populations are down for the second year in a row. The overall population is down by about 18 percent compared to last year,

The report says the decline is mainly due to a large number dying off earlier in the year from cold weather.

The report also says female crabs are down to 147 million in the Chesapeake Bay - well below a healthy target of 215 million.

the report says the rising number of young crabs could make up for the decline.

The report recommends Maryland stay cautious and continue to monitor harvests throughout the season and does not recommend any regulation changes at this time."
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 03:16:57 PM »

Well, I've lived in Maryland for 70 years and I really don't think this Winter would classify as very cold out of the 70 I've personally lived through.  The cold held on later in the Spring then most of us would like, but the water certainly wasn't frozen down 8' deep where the shallowest crabs might be buried. The "experts" need to come up with a better excuse.
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2018, 04:58:21 PM »

That seems like a very painstaking job, I wonder who counted all them.
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« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 07:01:17 PM »

I have to agree with you mikie, and I canít believe people are buying this excuse much less letting them print it!
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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2018, 08:31:46 AM »

I have to agree with you mikie, and I canít believe people are buying this excuse much less letting them print it!

I agree with Mikie and ChrisS both.  BS excuses.  We have had much colder weather in the past to the point the bay has frozen over hard enough to drive cars on it and still had crabs around.
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2018, 09:40:19 AM »

Maybe the lack of crab pickers will have a silver lining for the crab population. Lack of pickers = less picking houses at full capacity = less market for #2's, #3's & females = less crabs harvested. Should be interesting to see what happens.
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« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 10:51:31 AM »

Another Week without Pickers, Crab Houses Losing Hope, scientists and watermen are not. Some are catching, some are not.

 It is what it is, been like that for years.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2018, 07:01:09 AM »

 i think the harvest will be way down this seasons compared to others.
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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2018, 08:08:22 AM »

To many licenses crabbing. To many predators in the bay. JMO
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