NORFOLK, Virginia — A new report shows that the blue crab population in Chesapeake Bay is up from last year!
But now, that number has increased by 60 percent! It's also the best since 2012.
The Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee found that the blue crab population is up to 594 million.
This is also according to a bay-wide winter dredge survey that has been the primary indicator of this crab population since 2006.
Resource managers also cite a robust stock of female crabs. The female crab population is up 191 million from 147 million in 2018. 70 million female crabs are noted as the minimum acceptable number in the Bay. However, the target is usually 215 million to keep the population at a sufficient level.
As for the juveniles, there was estimated to be 323 million, above the long-term average of 224 million.
Juveniles are crabs that will grow to harvestable size come this fall.
You can read the report here.