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jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Yesterday, officials in Maryland and Virginia announced a second straight year of crab population increases in the Chesapeake Bay.

It's great news for baymen and blue crab lovers, alike.

I have to hand it to the local governments on Chesapeake Bay. While the crab restrictions have been extremely tough on crabbers, the fact that the fishery is on a major rebound speaks well to the management. And in the meantime, Virginia has kept baymen working by removing marine debris.

Both Virginia and Maryland have used federal stimulus funds to buy back crab licenses. I don't love the idea of eliminating fishermen from the fishery. But fishermen know that in tough times you do what you have to do to survive and help your family.

Let's hope that over the next few years, we will continue to see a thriving blue crab population and a strong population of crabbers thriving right alongside.

Inside the Industry

The Downeast Salmon Federation has received a major grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to ensure and improve the water quality of eastern Maine’s most important rivers, according to the Ellsworth American.

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Louisiana crab fishermen and their catch are feeling the pressure of a downturn in the state economy, and a resulting upturn of people entering the fishery.

“It’s a crazy business right now,” said Pete Gerica, the New Orleans fisherman who now serves as president or the Louisiana Crab Task Force, a legislatively-created board of industry voices that makes recommendations to state government.

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