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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 15, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Rutland Herald. July 9, 2022. Editorial: Regressive decision In our email this week came a note from State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The headline stated, “Vermont Supreme Court Deals Serious Blow to Government Transparency and Accountability.” We could...

Puget Sound crabbing starts Friday

Jul. 01, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Puget Sound crabbing kicks off Friday! While some Western Washington crabbing areas, like the South Coast / Pacific Ocean and Columbia River have yearlong crabbing seasons, the season starts July 1 in most Puget Sound areas. In a few areas, the crab season starts on...

Record low numbers prompt limits on Chesapeake Bay crabbing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — New restrictions on crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay will take effect this year after the blue crab count plummeted to its lowest level since surveys began in 1990. Tighter harvest limits are being issued by both Maryland and Virginia as officials and industry...

California fisherman sued in 'egregious' crabbing case

May. 30, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California fisherman illegally caught hundreds of Dungeness crabs in the protected North Farallon Islands State Marine Reserve, according to a lawsuit filed last week by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. State Department of Fish and Wildlife...

First invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal

May. 20, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An invasive European green crab was captured this week in Hood Canal, the farthest south the species has been found in the Salish Sea. Volunteers with Washington Sea Grant trapped the male European green crab in Nick’s Lagoon near Seabeck in Kitsap County, The...

Survey: Chesapeake's crab population at lowest since 1990

May. 19, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay is estimated to be at the lowest level observed since an annual survey tracking the population began in 1990, officials announced Thursday. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ annual winter dredge...