It could be worse. You can be in Jersey where you can keep only one tog and they are biting so well that in sharing a rod with my cousin who had been fishing 3 times before over the past ten years, we combined for 13 keepers and another 10 shorts in an hour and a half with the requisite pictures and tangles.
It seems the powers that be [ D.E.C, A.S.M.F.C , N.M.F.S, etc.] have conspired and initiated a crab eradication program in the North East and Midatlantic states. It is a part of the bigger Tautog Fisheries Management Plan. It is a more direct and hassle free method of keeping people from catching Blackfish. No bait , No fishing pressure, reduced mortality. Pretty simple right? Now if they could only apply this common sense approach to straightening out the economy we would be all right in a few short years!