Watermen Getting Hammered Financially

Watermen are being forced to go crabbing in conditions that are not exactly ideal for a big catch, and it is due in part to new government regulations. The watermen are trying to recoup losses they expect from the shorter catching season because crabs will not be migrating until after the October 22nd deadline. Maryland and Virginia decided to cut crab harvest numbers by one-third. Virginia’s season ends the 26th, and they have done away with winter harvesting. Maryland set aside $3-million to provide work for watermen who will lose crabbing income, while Congress approved federal disaster relief for the crab industry, possibly as much as $15-million for each state.