Completed Actions

  • an estimated 17% of the female blue crab population was harvested in 2019. For the twelfth consecutive year, this number is below the 25.5% target and the 34% overfishing threshold. The Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab stock is not depleted and it is not being overfished.
  • 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.
  • Conduct research, modeling and analyses that will inform the next stock assessment.