Chesapeake Bay Week: Blue Crabs

According to a recent study, blue crab populations are on the rise!

Published July 26, 2016

Blue Crab

More than 550 million blue crabs currently reside in the Chesapeake Bay, a 35 percent increase over last year’s numbers.

The rebounding crab population includes females and juveniles, and could be attributed in part to a mild winter.

While the high count is reassuring, scientists caution that the numbers don’t indicate blue crabs can handle a bigger harvest—loosened restrictions would require careful consideration.

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