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Bay crab population decreases

Bay crab population decreases

The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population remains in a serious slump for the second straight year, with the number of females dropping to a dangerously low level, officials announced Thursday. Severe winter weather, not overfishing, is largely to blame, officials said. But to improve chances of a rebound, Maryland and Virginia both plan to cut back on the bay harvest this year — a move likely to hurt the region's struggling watermen and cost crab-loving consumers, pushing high prices higher still. "It's a little disappointing, to say the least," said Anson "Tuck" Hines, a veteran crab scientist and director of the Smithsonian Environmental...

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