- In 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Potomac River Fisheries Commission sought constituent feedback on the potential establishment and allocation of a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Chesapeake Bay's commercial and recreational blue crab fisheries. The summarized the concerns of both management agencies and stakeholder organizations for the Chesapeake Bay Program's Management Board.
Actions in Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River
- Working to improve harvest accountability within each jurisdiction.
- Using existing reports and ongoing studies to continue discussion of the recreational blue crab harvest and its impact on the fishery.
- Continuing to support the existing process through which the Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee (CBSAC) analyzes Bay-wide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results and provides scientific and management advice through annual blue crab advisory reports.
- Finalizing the scope, terms of reference and timeline for the next stock assessment.
- Identifying possible funding mechanisms to support the next stock assessment.
- Completing the research, modeling and analyses that are needed for the next stock assessment.
- Coordinating a review of the next stock assessment results by the CBSAC, Sustainable Fisheries GIT members and interested scientists, and discussing the stock assessment results with stakeholders.
Two-Year Work Plan
Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy for the Blue Crab Management outcome. These actions are listed below. More information about performance targets, participating entities and influential factors can be found in the full work plan.