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Maryland to limit female crab catch

The Department of Natural Resources announced that it was lowering the  daily allowable catch of female crabs, effective Thursday. The The number of female crabs increased substantially despite the overall  decline, and remained well above the threshold scientists say is needed to  sustain the population. But officials said they would seek to reduce the female  crab harvest by 10 percent as a precaution, to boost prospects for a good spawn  this year and possibly spark a rebound in the highly prized crustaceans. continued