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.