Ratio Of Female To Male Crabs Increases

A bay researcher says strict harvest restrictions designed to protect the bay’s crab population have pushed the ratio of females to males, also known as Jimmies, to nearly 3 to 1. Tuck Hines of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center says he plans to study how that may affect the population. Maryland and Virginia imposed harvest restrictions in 2008 that focused on protecting female crabs and the once-dwindling population has since rebounded. Hines says females mate only once but males can have a number of partners, although it’s not clear how that affects the population.

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