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Md. watermen’s head: New thinking needed on crabs

The head of Maryland’s watermen’s association says new thinking is needed about how to manage the crab harvest.

Larry Simns says stewardship by the commercial fishing industry is essential to maintaining abundant fisheries. And that’s why a committee of watermen is working with state officials and the Environmental Defense Fund. Accurate catch reporting, maintaining a sustainability population and developing new markets are among the issues being discussed by the group.

Simns is the president of the Maryland Watermen’s Association. He made the comments in an editorial in Friday’s editions of The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland’s crab season opened last week. The population rebounded last year following tough new limits that could be eased based on this winter’s dredge survey. Results of the survey are due to be released this month.