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.
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