Blue Crabs Take A Hit From Cold Snap, But Are Still Clawing Back | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Blue Crabs Take A Hit From Cold Snap, But Are Still Clawing Back

Play associated audio
Researchers says limits on crabbing since 2008 have helped keep the blue crab population afloat.
www.flickr.com/photos/fishfoot/572458758
Researchers says limits on crabbing since 2008 have helped keep the blue crab population afloat.

After the cold winter, there are 460 million crabs crawling around on the bottom of the Bay, down from 650 million last year, according to Maryland's annual Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey. But the Department of Natural Resources says that's still within the range considered healthy and sustainable.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the significant limits on crabbing imposed by Maryland and Virginia in 2008 made a difference.

"The crab population this year was not as high as last year, but it was still much higher than it was three years ago. So it shows when you make the tough but right decisions based on science, you can create a resource that's healthy, that grows over time," says Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The crabbing limits were designed to head off a crab population collapse. O'Malley and conservationists point to a record crab harvest in 2010 as evidence that conservation and commercial fishing are compatible.

NPR

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.
NPR

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.
NPR

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
NPR

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.