October 13, 2013

Blue crabs in trouble?

I am feeling crabby after reading the latest news from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation folks. It seems that the number of juvenile crabs is 80 percent less than in the prior survey. What happened to them? Especially since the watermen have been telling us that their catches were way down both in 2012 and this year.

Predators may be the likely culprit. Those large catfish love the little guys. But it may also be due to pollutants, especially fertilizer and farm runoff.

For more info, check out http://cbf.typepad.com/bay_daily/2013/10/trouble-brewing-for-blue-crabs.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BayDaily+%28Bay+Daily%29

UPDATE (10-23-13): The Virginia Marine Resources Commission just voted 7-0 to NOT reopen winter dredging for crabs. Maryland has not allowed it for years. Let's give those pregnant females a fighting chance!