Blue Crab Numbers on the Rise for Chesapeake 2019 Season

Blue Crab Numbers on the Rise for Chesapeake 2019 Season

 

According to the YOY report for 2019 from Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Blue Crab population in the Chesapeake Bay is up from 2018 as much as 60% compared to 2018 as determined by the winter dredge survey this year. All categories are showing optimistic increases, young crabs under 2.5 inches, crabs over 2.5 inches, males and spawning females. With all crabs at about 60% increase. Last year the estimated number of crabs in the bay was 371 million for 2019 the estimate is 594 million. While these numbers are encouraging and experts are optimistic it's not a guarantee for a banner crab harvest. Cold weather, water temps and currents can reduce the numbers drastically if not favorable for sustaining the current bay population.