Written by Leslie Taylor
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A group of commercial watermen is asking Virginia officials to implement new measures to strengthen blue crab population management in the state.
The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel is seeking formal consideration of its recommendations from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
The industry panel says more long-term measures are needed to address the situation. Its recommendations include a pilot program assigning individual harvest limits to watermen based on the total number of crabs that can be safely harvested.
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