Chesapeake Blue Crabs At Highest Level Since 1993

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RIVA, Md. (AP) — Blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay have hit record numbers.

Results of an annual winter dredge survey released Thursday at a Riva crab house show the most crabs since 1993.

Maryland officials say the survey found an estimated 764 million crabs in the bay, nearly two thirds more than last year. The increase was highest among juvenile crabs which totaled 587 million, nearly triple last year’s total.

The number of adult females fell, but scientists say they’re not sure whether there are fewer adult females or they moved because of a wet fall and warm winter.

The numbers are the latest in a continuing rebound for the bay’s biggest money maker after Maryland and Virginia imposed harvest restrictions in 2008 following a population drop.

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