Va. Court Backs Ban on Winter Crabbing

April 21, 2010

The Virginia Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by watermen who sought to overturn a ban on dredging crabs during the winter months.

Tuesday's decision affirmed a Norfolk District Court ruling that upheld the 2008 decision by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to ease pressures on the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population.

The century-old winter harvest involves the dragging of steel-toothed dredges that scoop up hibernating crabs.

Scientists say that ending the winter dredge fishery has been one of the key factors in the rebound of crab stocks in the bay over the past two years.

The comments sections of are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we ask that you follow our rules for commenting. E-mail is required to comment on a story, but it will not be displayed with your comment. For complete rules, CLICK HERE. The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 91697819 -