VMRC Public Hearing on 2008 Blue Crab Harvest Restrictions

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The Virginia Marine Resources Commission will hold a public hearing in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss potential harvest restrictions for blue crab, including shortening the season.

The state’s 2006 crab catch was the lowest recorded since 1945 and 2007 blue crab harvest was also very low according to a Virginia Marine Resources Commission report.

Jack Travelstead, chief fisheries regulator for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission described the current crab status, saying “A major storm or a significant die off of aquatic vegetation that prevents a good spawn could crash the population to levels we’re not sure would ever recover.”

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