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Taking Action for the Blue Crab Managing and Protecting the Stock and its Fisheries 2001

Published: January 01, 2001

Chesapeake 2000 commits the Bay states to "establish harvest targets for the blue crab fishery by 2001" and "begin implementing complementary state fisheries management strategies Baywide."  This report characterizes the state of the Bay's blue crab population and its fisheries, and charts a course to restore the stock to a healthy condition. In 1999, the governors and legislatures of Maryland and Virginia each allocated $150,000 to fund a two-year analysis of the blue crab and how it is managed.  This study was undertaken by the Chesapeake Bay Commission's Bi-State Crab Advisory Committee" or BBCAC.  As a result of this two-year effort, the Bi-State Committee came to consensus on a series of statements that characterize the blue crab population and its fishery. 

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