Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Cooperative Blue Crab Data Collection Program

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 This pilot program presents an opportunity for watermen to become directly involved in the management of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab fishery. We are looking for watermen from around the Maryland Bay to participate in the assessment of regulatory changes and contribute to the management of the resource by recording data from their harvest.


  The goal is to have commercial crabbers from different areas of the Bay and segments of the fishery collect data from a portion of their harvest one day per week.  This will provide information about different gears and differences between regions.


  A maximum of 40 watermen will be accepted into the program and will be compensated at a rate of $50- $75 per day for the time needed to collect and record data during the course of a normal fishing day.


How to get involved:

 Print out an application and mail it to:

Brenda Davis

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

301 Marine Academy Drive

Stevensville, MD   21666

or fax it to:



If you have questions please contact: Brenda Davis at 410-643-4601 or