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There’s been another decline in the blue crab population.

A new survey found that the numbers have dropped by nearly one-fifth for the second year in a row.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the survey was conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

It estimated that there was an 18 percent drop from last year down to around 372 million this year.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population remains healthy and stable.

That's according to the annual winter survey that was released Wednesday by the states of Maryland and Virginia.

The survey said the bay will likely produce an average number of crabs despite an unusually cold spring. This year's cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population. But the number of young crabs saw a significant increase.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland and Virginia will end their respective crabbing seasons early this year, following a report indicating a drop in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population.

News outlets report that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that its crab season will end Nov. 20, 10 days earlier than 2016's extended season. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted 6-1 in a public hearing to end the season Nov. 30 and reopen it March 17, 2018, amounting to 16 fewer days than last year's extended season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An annual report has found the overall population of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay has declined and it recommends limiting the number harvested in the fall.

The annual Blue Crab Advisory Report was released Monday. It was developed by scientists and other experts and will be used by state officials in Maryland and Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission to develop crab management strategies.

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TANGIER, Va. (AP) - An unusual crab has been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay.

The blue crab has two oysters growing on either side of her head near her eyes. The crab is estimated to be about 2 years old and was found in a crab pot that belonged to the mayor of Tangier Island. The oysters are about six months old.

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A 28-year-veteran of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been terminated this week after meeting with watermen.

The Chesapeake Bay Journal reports that Brenda Davis has been a longtime advocate for limits on blue-crab fishing in the bay.

The Washington Post reports that some watermen who have been critical of the limits recently meet with Governor Larry Hogan.

And the Maryland Republican has been critical the state’s restrictions on fishing.

DNR has declined to comment on the issue noting that it is a personnel matter.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved a two-season moratorium on fishing for cownose rays in contests, pending a study by a state agency.

The Senate voted 46-0 on Monday night for the moratorium.

Legislation initially called for a ban. Animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society and the Save the Rays coalition, say the contests are inhumane and harmful to the environment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new report finds water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it's been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation's largest estuary improves.
 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's biennial State of the Bay report gave the estuary a C-minus grade, an improvement from a D-plus two years ago. It's the highest score since the first report in 1998.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A report by environmental scientists says the health of the Chesapeake Bay has improved as efforts to reduce runoff from land continue.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science released the report Tuesday. The center says improvements in 2015 in water quality, chlorphyll and nitrogen levels contributed to a resurgence in aquatic grasses.

One indicator that declined was total phosphorus, excess quantities of which can lead to algae blooms.

The numbers of striped bass held steady, blue crab and bay anchovy improved.

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The blue crab could be coming back in Delaware.

The harvest is expected to bring in around 4 million pounds.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s 1 million pounds over last year’s projection.

The latest projection says that it saw the highest index of juvenile blue crabs the state has seen since the mid-2-thousands.

The News Journal reports that previous winters were extremely cold producing higher mortality rates.

Meanwhile, when it comes to oysters the projections spell trouble.

The quota in 2016 has been set just over 10-thousand.

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