About the Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee

As a well known symbol of the Chesapeake region the blue crab is important to Maryland both as a natural resource and tourism icon. In addition to supporting a major commercial fishery, the blue crab is a valuable recreational species as well. For all of these reasons MD DNR and partner organization VA Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) monitors the blue crab population in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries using surveys such as the Winter Dredge and the Summer Trawl surveys. With the information from these surveys crab stocks can be managed and protected for future generations.

Maryland Blue Crab Industry Advisory Committee Operating Guidelines (.pdf)

Blue Crab News
Chesapeake Bay Commercial Mature Female Hard Crab Catch Limit and Crew Requirements | (3/25/2014)
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service (MDNR) announces the commercial mature female hard crab bushel limit and closure periods for 2014 for the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries pursuant to COMAR 08.02.03.14. Notwithstanding COM...

Reminder: Commercial License Designee Rules Clarification | (10/29/2013)
Can my license designee harvest my crab limit and also harvest his crab limit under his own license at the same time? No. An individual may only operate under one license at a time. If the designee is on board the vessel with another licensee, then two femal...

Commercial License Designee Rules Clarification | (9/27/2013)
Can my license designee harvest my crab limit and also harvest his crab limit under his own license at the same time? No. An individual may only operate under one license at a time. If the designee is on board the vessel with another licensee, then two femal...