About the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee

As a well known symbol of the Chesapeake region the blue crab is important to Maryland both as a natural resource and tourism icon. In addition to supporting a major commercial fishery, the blue crab is a valuable recreational species as well. For all of these reasons MD DNR and partner organization VA Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) monitors the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries using surveys such as the Winter Dredge and the Summer Trawl surveys. With the information from these surveys crab stocks can be managed and protected for future generations.

Maryland Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee Operating Guidelines (.pdf)

Blue Crab News
Temporary Lifting of Daily Commercial Crabbing Time Limits | (08/25/2011)
To Allow Fishermen to Prepare for Hurricane Irene Effective immediately, the Department of Natural Resources will not be enforcing the times for removing crabs from commercial crab pots from Thursday, August 25, 2011 through Monday, August 29, 2011. Licensees...

New Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Stock Assessment Shows Rebuilding Efforts Should Continue | (8/9/2011)
Sets Higher Abundance Level Requirements and Population Targets NEWPORT NEWS, VA./ANNAPOLIS, MD (August 9, 2011) A new scientific assessment of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab population released today indicates significantly more work needs to be don...

Participate In a DNR Volunteer Angler Survey | (06/28/2011)
Recreational Anglers, here is your chance to participate directly in fisheries management. Help MD DNR characterize recreational catch and harvest by submitting data from your fishing trip. MD DNR relies on data from your catch to manage the six following spe...