Marine Police respond to illegal crabbing reports near Lesner Bridge

13News Now Steven Graves explains what you need to know to spot an illegal crabber.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (WVEC) – Virginia Marine Police have recently responded to numerous complaints of illegal recreational crabbing.

The reports have come from around the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at the Lesner Bridge.

Certain residents claim crabbers were taking pregnant and undersized crabs.

Marine Police said they sent an officer to the area to investigate. After searching about 60 containers of crabs, no violations were found.

“I think it’s great that people feel an emotional response to this kind of thing and the want to do good,” said Hoyt Duff, co-owner of Lynnhaven Fishing Pier. “They just need to learn what they’re doing.”

According to Virginia law, after June 15, it’s not illegal to capture crabs that have eggs.

It’s important for crabbers to pay attention to the color of the crab’s sponge, Duff said.

“The orange sponges are what the sponges look like after the release their two million crab babies,” said Duff.

When it comes to capturing crabs that are undersized, Duff said it’s okay, but most crabbers throw them back as a courtesy.

Find out more about recreational crabbing laws here.

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