Latest Crabs News

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...

US fishing haul fell 10% during first pandemic year

May. 12, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the value of that catch was $4.8 billion,...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

May. 12, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

The Index-Journal. May 10, 2022. Editorial: It is all so tiring, but doesn’t have to be We are tired. We are tired of asking questions. We are tired of getting few answers. We are tired of being told all is well, corrective measures have been taken...

Group to retrieve lost crab pots, save marine wildlife

May. 05, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — While most crab pots dropped into the Salish Sea are recovered, many are not, and the Northwest Straits Foundation is going after them. Pots remaining on the seafloor can cause havoc for years, trapping and killing marine wildlife, the Skagit Valley Herald...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Apr. 28, 2022 10:44 AM EDT

Post and Courier. April 26, 2022. Editorial: Welcome steps to protect horseshoe crabs, but SC needs yet another It’s been a good week for those concerned about the health of South Carolina’s horseshoe crab population — and also about the viability of the...

In Cuba, crabs embark on perilous migration to Bay of Pigs

Apr. 12, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

PLAYA GIRON, Cuba (AP) — Every year in Cuba, millions of crabs emerge from the forest at the beginning of the spring rains and head for the waters of the Bay of Pigs, crossing streets and highways on a perilous journey to mate and reproduce. Now underway, the migration causes...

Dungeness crab fishery closing due to whale entanglements

Apr. 07, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The commercial Dungeness crab fishery off all of California's coast will be closed this month because humpback whales have been entangled in fishing gear, wildlife authorities said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday that fishery...