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U.S. Mid-Atlantic crab stop seine/weir

Current Classification on the 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 2,600
Target Species blue crab
Applicable Take Reduction Plans N/A
Observer Coverage N/A
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured None documented

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

There are no documented cases of marine mammal interactions. 



Gear Description

Fence-like obstruction or seine net placed in tidal waters that leads blue crabs into attached trap


Chesapeake Bay Program Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan


Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (1989)
Original Number of Participants 2,600
Basis for Original Classification No details given, because no observer, logbook, or stranding data
Past Names N/A
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) N/A


Updated December 14, 2016