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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/07/2011

Crab regulation changes proposed

Possible changes to Maryland’s crabbing regulations will be discussed at a meeting in Annapolis.


(File photo: Linda Davidson - The Washington Post)
State officials say Monday’s meeting is a chance for the public to comment on the proposals. The meeting is to be held at 6 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis.

The proposed changes are based on results of the annual winter dredge survey. Survey results released last month showed a cold winter killed nearly a third of the bay’s adult crabs. The harvest was up, meanwhile, but still below the level set to maintain a healthy population.

State officials say changes could include higher fall bushel limits for female crabs and changing the season to take advantage of higher crab prices in June.

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Online:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources draft regulations: www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/draftregulations.html

By The Associated Press  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/07/2011

 
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