Watermen lost about four weeks this season because of ice in the bay, which killed a lot of crabs. Now, oystermen are reporting small, undersized crabs in the bay after a week of fishing.
The Department of Natural Resources has raised the minimum size for peeler crabs from April 1 through July 14 from 3.25 inches to 3.5 inches, an action slated only for the 2015 season.
Raising the peeler size through July 14 will “allow more crabs to molt to maturity and successfully mate and spawn”, the newspaper said, citing the DNR.
The Winter Dredge Survey — conducted by the DNR — looked bad for blue crabs last year. This year’s survey is due out in May.