Extra time to harvest Va. crabs

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously for the compromise package Monday, which comes as seafood interests look to take advantage of a crab resurgence in recent years and as conservationists worry about blowing such gains.

Under the terms, watermen can continue gathering crabs through Dec. 15 – just in time for the holiday season – instead of stopping next week. Officials estimate an additional 350,000 pounds of crabs will be brought to market.

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