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
Governor Martin O'Malley Announces Chesapeake Bay Juvenile Blue Crab Population Highest on Record | (4/19/2012)
Overall population highest since 1993 according to winter dredge surveyRiva, Md. (April 19, 2012) - Governor Martin O'Malley today announced the Chesapeake Bay's juvenile blue crab population is at the highest level on record, and the overall blue crab populat...

Derelict Gear Retrieval Project Schedule | (3/19/2012)
The 2012 Derelict Gear Retrieval Project will begin on Monday March 19, 2012 and continue over a four week period at 14 sites. Below is a list of locations and the scheduled work period for that area. Please note that some locations are scheduled for more tha...

Maryland Crab Wins Blind Taste Test | (9/8/2011)
The Votes Are in! The Bay’s Beautiful Swimmer Beats out East Asia and South America Annapolis, Md. (September 7, 2011) — Maryland’s blue crab defeated its international competition in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) non-scientific, blind...