In Maryland, proposed changes for unused crabbing licenses will be unveiled later this month in Annapolis.
Maryland is hoping to reduce unused crabbing licenses.
Unused licenses make it difficult to manage the crab population, which has dropped sharply in recent years.
Brenda Davis, the blue crab program manager for the state's department of natural resources, says two options are being considered for inactive holders of Limited Crab Catcher licenses.
One option for those who have not reported a harvest from 2004 to 2008 would be a freeze until the crab population reaches a target level for three straight years.
The other would allow male harvesting only and would also make the license nontransferable.
Jonathan Wilson reports...