They are an icon of the Chesapeake Bay and a staple of Maryland culture. But the number of blue crabs in our region’s waters is plummeting, and Maryland and Virginia are now ordering watermen to scale back the number of crabs they harvest. We explore how government officials are trying to stop the crab’s decline, and whether new research holds the key to protecting the species.


  • Rona Kobell Chesepeake Bay Reporter, Baltimore Sun
  • Yonathan Zohar Professor and Director, Center of Marine Biotechnology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute

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