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Low Crab Count Pays Big Dollars

NOAA announces up to $20 million for Disaster in the Bay

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    Maryland and Virginia crabbers get money from the government because of declining blue crab population and a shorter season this year.

    Watermen in the state of Maryland and Virginia who have been hurt by the commercial fishery can now apply for relief.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Tuesday that $20 million is being set aside for the next three years for disaster relief.

    A decline in the soft shell and peeler crab fishery along with a shorter harvesting season has hit watermen and their families the hardest.