- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A study concludes that a Virginia program to remove thousands of lost crab pots from lower Chesapeake Bay has generated millions in increased revenues for watermen.

The so-called ghost pots are the wire mesh cages used by watermen that have been lost or neglected at the bottom of the bay.

The Daily Press (https://bit.ly/1PLuaxy) reports that researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found that the program to retrieve those ghost pots has generated a collective harvest value to watermen of more than $21 million.

That figure comes from the increase in blue crab harvest of 13,504 metric tons that computer models attribute to the removal of 34,408 ghost pots between 2008 and 2014.

About 800,000 licensed crab pots sit on the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay.


Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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