Earlier this year, the company Omega Protein exceeded harvest limits in the bay by more than 30% on a bony and oily fish called Atlantic menhaden. Menhaden is a staple food for blue crabs and is also ground up and used in anything from health supplements rich with omega-3 fatty acids to high-end dog food.
Blue crab, one of North Carolina’s most valuable fisheries, is about to get a makeover. Annually the blue crab harvest accounts for more than 27 million pounds with a value of over $26 million. But these figures will likely change following adoption of the management measures proposed by the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission.
Virginia high school students will compete to develop a "Crab Trap App" that identifies derelict crab traps
It's estimated that "more than 145,000 derelict pots littered (Chesapeake) Bay waters in 2016: about 58,000 in Maryland and 87,000 in Virginia".
"According to an annual study conducted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the population of the Chesapeake Bay’s famed blue crabs is booming, with nearly 600 million adults and juveniles estimated to be living in the bay’s waters in 2019. That’s a staggering leap from just a year ago, when the number of crabs weighed in at just 371 million, according to this piece in Coastal Living.
"Since 1981, the town of Little River along the Intercoastal Waterway has dedicated a weekend to celebrating this locally caught crustacean with its annual Blue Crab Festival. Nowadays it’s one of the state’s largest street festivals." https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-souths-most-mouth-watering-food-festivals-180971883/ (scroll down a little bit on the page) Here's a link to the Festival's webpage: https://www.bluecrabfestival.org.