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.
- Read the Management Strategy (pdf)
- Download the 2020-2021 blue crab logic and action plan Work Plan (pdf)
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)
Partner Goal Implementation Team(s)
200 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
To track the progress of one or more management strategies, visit our Management Strategies Dashboard.