National Fisherman

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – It turns out a crab’s best friend might be a cop. That’s because the crab population is struggling in the bay.
Alex DeMetrick reports law enforcement is being called in for backup.
Maryland’s Natural Resources Police are upping their usual enforcement efforts, coming to the aid of crabs.
“The resources are struggling and we believe it deserves as much attention as we can give it,” said George Johnson IV, Natural Resource Police.
Surveys estimate there are 69 million spawing-aged females in the bay–one million below the level needed to reproduce a robust population.
“We’re in high alert. We’re going to work to extend some extra protection [to] these female crabs,” said Lynn Fegley, DNR Fisheries.
The effort has a double edged slogan: to alert commercial watermen and recreational crabbers to obey the rules. Throw back undersized crabs and follow restrictions on harvesting females.
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NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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