"Fishing Regulator Rejects Lifting Ban on Female Crab Harvest"

"A commission acknowledged concerns about the threatened shorebirds that rely on crab eggs as a critical food source around the Delaware Bay."

"A fisheries regulator on Thursday unexpectedly extended a ban on harvesting female horseshoe crabs from the Delaware Bay to help protect a vital food source for the red knot, a threatened shorebird that migrates via the bay’s beaches.

A board at the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to maintain a decade-old zero-quota on female crabs at a closely watched meeting that set next year’s crab catch by the fishing industry in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

The decision rejected a plan that would have allowed the industry to catch about 150,000 female crabs in 2023, the first proposed female harvest in 10 years."

Jon Hurdle reports for the New York Times November 10, 2022.

Source: NYTimes, 11/11/2022