Chesapeake Bay crabbers will likely face some harvest restriction this season to protect future generations of the iconic crustacean, a move managers say is necessary because of the low population of young crabs. Fishery managers for Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission all say they are considering shortening the season and imposing stricter limits on the harvest of female crabs.
The Board of Public Works, which ultimately approves much of Maryland spending, on Wednesday heard about plans to collect millions in unpaid tolls and heard about how Maryland was using alternative fuel vehicles. It also approved acquisition of Garrett County open space not yet threatened by development.
Everyone knows that looming federal budget cuts will have an impact on Maryland, but they are already affecting something as mundane as the boating industry. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will no longer be paying for dredging some of the 60 boating channels it used to maintain.
The state hopes that an emphasis on restructuring the aquaculture industry will increase its worth from the current value of $2 million to at least $10 million in four years. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration has launched several initiatives to improve the industry.