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Blue Crab Abundance and Management

Blue crabs are important to the ecology and economy of the Chesapeake Bay. The keystone species supports commercial and recreational fisheries across the region. But poor water quality, habitat loss, harvest pressure and natural predation can affect their continued health. Tracking blue crab population levels can inform how harvest regulations should or shouldn’t change if we are to maintain a sustainable blue crab stock.


Blue Crab Abundance Maintain a sustainable blue crab population based on the current 2012 target of 215 million adult females. Refine population targets through 2025 based on best available science.

Blue Crab Management Manage for a stable and productive crab fishery including working with the industry, recreational crabbers and other stakeholders to improve commercial and recreational harvest accountability. By 2018, evaluate the establishment of a Bay-wide, allocation-based management framework with annual levels set by the jurisdictions for the purpose of accounting for and adjusting harvest by each jurisdiction.

Lead Goal Implementation Team(s)

Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)

Lead Workgroup

Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee

Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)

Habitat Goal Implementation Team (GIT 2)

Participating Partners

State of Maryland
Commonwealth of Virginia
Chesapeake Bay Commission
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Potomac River Fisheries Commission

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Upcoming Meetings

June 2017 Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Meeting

June 19, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Chincoteague Bay Field Station, 34001 Mill Dam Rd, Wallops Island, VA 23337


Biannual meeting of the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team

June 19th Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7334027712290391042
June 20th Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1207195979090031874

Phone: (866) 917-0618
Passcode: 1613714

Sponsor: Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (GIT 1)

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Past Meetings

December Sustainable Fisheries Full GIT Meeting

December 6, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


December 6th - Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403
December 7th - Chesapeake Bay Program’s Joe Macknis Memorial Conference Room “Fish Shack” (green building), 410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

December 6th Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8500248905213339649
December 7th Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4307735202201162497

Phone (both days): (866) 917-0618
Passcode (both days): 1613714


Biannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team membership.

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June 2016 Full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team Meeting

June 2, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Day One:
Room 253
VCU Life Sciences Building
1000 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA
Webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1157815804568710147
Audio: Day One audio will be available through the gotowebinar.com link above.

Day Two:
VCU Rice Rivers Center
3701 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA
Audio: Day Two audio will be available by conference line.
Call-In: 866-985-7304; Pass Code: 6899520

The Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team (Fisheries GIT) continues to provide a forum for connecting science and policy across jurisdictions and the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.  The diverse team meets biannually in June and December. 

This June 2016 meeting is focused primarily on the recently published 2016-2017 Sustainable Fisheries Workplans supporting the 2014 Watershed Agreement. Agenda topics focused on the blue crab, forage and fish habitat outcomes will highlight science supporting these workplans to inform next steps moving forward. This meeting also includes an overview of the 2016 Blue Crab Advisory Report and discussion on current activity around Atlantic sturgeon and invasive catfish in the Bay.


Semiannual meeting of the full Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.

Details are available here: http://rampages.us/vculogistics/

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