Letter: The abuse of a national treasure
The Citizens Coalition for Good Government is a group of citizens— Democrats, Republicans and voters for honesty. The membership consists of a broad spectrum of the people. They include lawyers, doctors, elected and unelected officials of the government. We are a broad-based coalition. We believe in government by the people and for the people.
At a recent meeting, it was brought to our attention that five years ago, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab was at its lowest number. VMRC and VIMS decided to close winter dredging. It was taking mostly female crabs that would spawn the following summer. It would also stop the destruction of the underwater grass beds that remove pollution and put oxygen back into the bay. The General Assembly agreed to pay the crab dredgers $300 a day for the whole season for not dredging.
This past year, the crabs had a good season. This winter, VMRC, together with VIMS, again let the bay be dredged. They let four crab dredgers dredge the bay for 42 days and let them keep and sell these crabs, which were mostly female. The catch was at least $10,000 per day. Can you imagine the damage that was done to the underwater grass beds? We feel that this abuse of a national treasure should not be allowed to happen again. It is totally against the public good.
Citizens Coalition for Good Government