O'Malley touts crab rebound, avoids talk of legislature
By John Wagner
Gov. Martin O'Malley ... reported at a news conference that the Chesapeake Bay’s overall blue crab population is at its highest level since 1993, and that the juvenile crab population is at its highest level on record.
Those results, from an annual winter dredge survey, are “living proof” that smart policy choices can help Mother Nature rebound, O’Malley said at an event staged at a crab house in Riva overlooking the Severn River.
“The kind of progress we’re making today really only happens when we’re working together,” O’Malley said, recalling that just a few years ago, female crabs were being overfished and “our fishery was at risk of complete collapse.”