Female Blue Crab Abundance (Age 1 and Older)
Blue crabs make up the most productive commercial and recreational fisheries in the Bay. Achieving the abundance goal of greater than 215 million spawning-age female crabs will ensure that there are enough reproducing crabs in the Bay to sustain a healthy population. The previous benchmark was 200 million total spawning-age crabs, male and female.
Chesapeake Bay blue crab abundance for 2013 is144 million female crabs (age 1+ years). This represents 57.6% of the goal.
To protect the health of the blue crab stock and maintain the spawning stock at a sustainable level.