Interstate fishery managers are signing off on a management plan for a species of crab that is growing in value and volume of catch.

The plan concerns the Jonah crab, which is growing in popularity as an alternative to the more expensive Dungeness crab. The catch of Jonah crabs increased six-fold from 2000 to 2013.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission approved the management plan, which will be implemented by June 1, 2016.

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