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From the Field: Winter dredge survey counts Chesapeake Bay crabs

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Published on Apr 25, 2013

April 2013: The Chesapeake Bay winter dredge survey is an annual count of the Bay's blue crab population, and a critical component of blue crab management. The information gathered on abundance, young-of-the-year and spawning stock—those crabs that will mature enough to reproduce during the upcoming year—allows fisheries managers to set commercial and recreational harvest limits for the season ahead.

Produced by Steve Droter
Music: "Elle Aime Ca" by Löhstana David

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