The Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) voted in June to modify several of the state’s commercial crabbing restrictions.
For 2016, the fall commercial crab season will be extended by three weeks to December 20, 2016.
The 2017 spring season will open on March 1, two weeks earlier than 2016.
VMRC also agreed to extend the season for peeler potters and to allow crab pounds to be set up two weeks before the season starts, but not fished until the season starts.
The 2016-17 winter dredge fishery will remain closed.
source: Virginia Marine Resources Commission