According to the 2019 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, it should be a good year for Chesapeake Bay crab lovers. The survey estimates that there are 594 million blue crabs in the bay, marking the highest level since 2012.
Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab stock remains healthy and able to support quality commercial and recreational harvests, said the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
For that to be the case, the Chesapeake Bay depends on all sizes of blue crab, at one time or another during the season. Those benefits can be supported by this year’s overall abundant crab stock, the agency continued. A mild winter and above average rainfall has produced an abundance of blue crabs that’s higher than normal for all life stages this year.
The recent survey estimates a total adult male and adult female crab population of 271 million, a 31 percent increase compared to 2018 and well above the 30-year average of 199 million crabs.
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