Crabs Shortage

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted to cut back on crab limits on Tuesday. The VMRC has decided to reduce crab pot bushel and vessel limits by 10 percent for a 12-month period that begins on July 5. The commission also voted to close the crab dredge fishery season for the seventh year in a row.

The decisions come after a survey that showed that the number of female blue crabs had dropped below the safe level of 70 million and are now considered to be depleted.

Similar regulations were also adopted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission. All the agencies said they would continue to monitor the blue crab population and adjust management strategies as necessary.