That's a HUGE exaggeration. Having sailed on the Bay for many years AI look at the crab pots as nothing more than moving obstructions.
This really has nothing to do with overfishing, you think you have the right away and it should be unimpeded. If you cant handle sailing with the crab pots, and don't want to INCONVIENENCE yourself maybe you should give up sailing and sit on the bank.
You have no more right to the water than the crabbers do. We coexist with them, not dominate them.
I have only sailed in the Chesapeake a few times, and when I did it was to into a dock near Annapolis and eat, fuel, and then leave again. I never thought twice about going around the few pots that I did see, mostly because they were not much in the way. I have no idea how it is now, but in the early 90's when I used to get up that way every now and then it was fine. I like to eat the crabs, I like to eat the oysters, and I like to eat fish, if I complain and whine and moan about how the fisherman who feeds me is ruining my life the poor guy may get run out of business by the government. Then if I want seafood I will have to eat the stuff that comes in frozen from overseas, and is not as good as what you have there.
Stop whining, not you Chef, the others, get along with the crabbers, the shrimpers, the fishermen, the oystermen, and all of the other sailors who work to help you have a great lunch when you go to places like the Severn Inn, or other places up that way. In the end we all love the sea, it is part of our lives, we appreciate one another, and if you are in trouble on the water those same guys you are whining about will come out to look for you if you are lost in a storm, or tow you to shore, usually for free, if you have issues.
Chef, I know you like to eat the crabs, email me some haha.