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"Sooks" could be key to blue crab comeback

With the commercial blue crab season set to open on Monday, people who eat, catch, study and admire the iconic bottom-dweller of the Chesapeake Bay are worried about its future. But scientists who study the crab are worried that the population is not pulling out of a low point in its population cycle.So scientists, watermen and fishing industry regulators hope that crabs could quickly bounce back in the bay. But that hope is tempered by a decline in the number of females and the loss of underwater grasses that provide habitat -- factors that may limit a comeback.  (The Daily Press)


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