As reported here by Christopher Pala in the News Focus section of Science magazine, restricted harvesting of female blue crabs seems to be contributing to a comeback in the Chesapeake Bay. As reported right here at Eat More Cookies back in 2008, overharvesting is a four-letter word to folks whose livelihoods depend on some natural resource, in this case blue crab. Yes, there are always multiple stressors acting against wildlife populations, but to keep those populations reproducing at levels to ensure continued use of that resource, we’ve got to assess our actions objectively to determine the best course for management. We’ve just plain been taking too many of them for too long.
Since the crab population in the Chesapeake Bay has rebounded, business is again booming for Buddy Evans (left) and Jonathan Tyler.
“CREDITS (TOP TO BOTTOM): C. PALA/SCIENCE; DATA COURTESY OF THE NOAA CHESAPEAKE BAY STOCK ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE”