From the Field: Winter dredge survey counts Chesapeake Bay crabs

Counting blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay allows fisheries managers to set harvest limits for the upcoming year.

April 2013: The Chesapeake Bay winter dredge survey is an annual count of the Bay’s blue crab population, and a critical component of blue crab management. The information gathered on abundance, young-of-the-year and spawning stock—those crabs that will mature enough to reproduce during the upcoming year—allows fisheries managers to set commercial and recreational harvest limits for the season ahead.
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  • Produced by Steve Droter
  • Music/Audio: "Elle Aime Ca" by Löhstana David

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