Maryland Considering Extension Of Blue Crab Limits In 2009

Maryland is considering extending limits on the blue crab catch again next year with some potential rule changes that would spread the economic impact of the restrictions evenly among watermen. Reducing the female catch by a third for a second straight year and a ban on catching females altogether for periods in the spring and fall are under consideration. Commercial crabbers may not be the only ones affected by the changes as the state has proposed recreational crabbers should be required to obtain a license from the DNR. A public hearing on the proposed regulations will be held January 27th in the Kent Island branch of the Queen Anne’s County public library.