Va. stays course on crab restrictions

Va. stays course on crab restrictions

Va. stays course on crab restrictions

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 5:36 AM

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Virginia regulators are staying the course on blue crab catch restrictions they credit for a rebound in the famed Chesapeake Bay shellfish.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission on Tuesday agreed to continue a moratorium on an especially damaging method of harvesting crabs. It also extended indefinitely a 1999 ban on the issuance of new crabbing licenses.

They also resisted pleas from some watermen to open to fishing large portions of a vast sanctuary in the middle of the bay.

The commission will formally vote on the management plan next month.

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