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
Recreational Crabbing Reminder | (6/25/2013)
When a State or federal holiday falls on a Wednesday or Thursday (July 4, 2013 falls on a Thursday), recreational crabbing is permitted on the Wednesday of that week.For a full summary of all recreational crabbing regulations go to the Maryland DNR Fisheries R...

DNR Releases 2013 Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Numbers | (4/19/2013)
Spawning-age females increased substantially, but low reproduction means fewer crabs in the Bay Annapolis, Md. (April 19, 2012) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today released the 2013 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey numbers, showing mixed...

Commercial Female Crab Harvest Season Extended 6 days Due to Storm | (11/1/2012)
Maryland DNR will Extend Commercial Female Crab Harvest Season 6 days to Compensate for Lost Days Caused by Hurricane SandyDue to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the Department will be extending the commercial crab season for female harvest through November 17...