Possible changes to Maryland’s crabbing regulations will be discussed at a meeting 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.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources draft regulations: www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/draftregulations.html