WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Virginia Watermen Call For Changes In How Blue Crab Population Is Managed

The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel wants state regulators to move away from daily limits and seasonal restrictions on crabbing.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishfoot/572458758
The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel wants state regulators to move away from daily limits and seasonal restrictions on crabbing.

A group of commercial watermen is calling on the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to radically change the way it manages the state's Blue Crab population.

The Virginia Blue Crab Industry Panel wants state regulators to move away from daily limits and seasonal restrictions on crabbing, and create a pilot program that would experiment with annual limits instead.

"Say you get 2,000 bushels. We give you 2,000 tags. You've got to tag your 2,000 bushels and when you run out of tags, you're out of the fishery until next year," explains Ken Smith, president of the Virginia Watermen's Association.

Smith says this would allow watermen to make more money by letting them fish whenever profit margins are greatest — while still meeting conservation goals.

"You can't continually put 'em out of business, and make it so they don't make money, when there's a way out there that they can make money and we can have a sustainable fishery too," says Smith.

A spokesperson for the state's marine resource commission says some of the panel's proposals have merit, but cannot be implemented without coordination from Maryland and other bay states.

The spokesperson also says the proposals may not be appropriate for the many different types of crabbing and crab habitats across Virginia waters.

NPR

The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Man Turning Waste Heat Into Rooftop Greenhouses

How can the U.S. improve food security? One Charlottesville native is pioneering the construction of greenhouses on buildings to take advantage of their waste heat.

WAMU 88.5

America's Tolerance For Gun Violence

There are more gun-related deaths in America than in any other industrialized nation. We discuss what makes the U.S. different and why some hold out hope that change is possible.

NPR

China Arrests Nearly 200 Over 'Online Rumors'

The rumors ranged from a man leaping to his death in Beijing over stock losses to highly inflated death tolls in the Tianjin industrial blasts.

Leave a Comment

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