• Completed Actions
    • In December 2018, the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team determined that a benchmark blue crab stock assessment is not needed at this time. This decision was based on the fact that the recent stock assessment indicates the existing management framework is working.
  • Watershed-Wide Actions

    2018

    • Analyze the results of the annual Bay-wide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey. Develop management recommendations and deliver an advisory report.

    2019

    • Analyze the results of the annual Bay-wide Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey. Develop management recommendations and deliver an advisory report.
    • Develop decisions criteria to determine the timing of blue crab stock assessment updates
    • Evaluate options for funding the next benchmark blue crab stock assessment. Review the stock condition and consider new data sources and new or improved models for assessment.
    • Work with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to complete a study of the ecosystem factors affecting blue crabs. Evaluate the results of this research and determine how it can be applied to the existing blue crab management framework.
    • Respond to issues affecting the blue crab fishery, including recent research into the ecologic and economical effects of derelict fishing gear in the Chesapeake Bay, uncertainties around estimates of blue crab exploitation and options for the development of triggers to inform decisions in blue crab management.