Crab sea­son short­ened in Vir­ginia, Mary­land

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Mary­land and Vir­ginia will end their re­spec­tive crab­bing sea­sons early this year, fol­low­ing a re­port in­di­cat­ing a drop in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay blue crab pop­u­la­tion.

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources an­nounced Tues­day that its crab sea­son will end Nov. 20, 10 days ear­lier than 2016’s sea­son.

The Vir­ginia Ma­rine Re­sources Com­mis­sion voted 6-1 in a public hear­ing to end the sea­son Nov. 30 and re­open it March 17, amount­ing to 16 fewer days than last year’s ex­tended sea­son. Each state also im­posed late­sea­son bushel lim­its.

The crab­bing curb comes af­ter the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Pro­gram re­leased a re­port Mon­day that stated ju­ve­nile crab num­bers had fallen 54 per­cent over the past year.

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