‘Crab Fight’ Continues

Tensions are continuing to rise between Virginia and Maryland over the future of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population. Last week, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted to lift a 15-year ban on winter crabbing, a move that has sparked criticism from Maryland officials and environmental groups. They argue that winter dredging threatens both the blue crab population and the Bay’s ecosystem. The latest survey shows a slight drop in crab numbers, with a significant decrease in females. Virginia’s decision does not mean immediate dredging but opens the door for future research into its feasibility.