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
Is your Maryland crab cake 'True Blue'? | (6/29/2012)
Only a small number of restaurants in Maryland reliably make their crab cakes from local crabmeat and the state does not require restaurants to identify the specific source of the meat. It's time to stand behind our crab cakes and crab meat and proudly support...

Commercial Crabber Reminder | (5/24/2012)
Due to the memorial day holiday, commercial crabbers do NOT have to take off Sunday May 28 or Monday May 29. Code of MD Regulation 08.02.03.14 provides an exception to the crabbing day off rule if: A State or federal holiday falls on the Sunday or Monday, or t...

DNR Launches Seafood Marketing Logo Contest | (5/18/2012)
Calling all artists ─ painters, sketchers, graphic designers! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for someone to create a new Maryland Seafood logo. The winning design will be used to in seafood marketing programs througho...