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Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date



Special Reports in Applied Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SRAMSOE) No. 271


This manual is intended to present a practical approach to constructing and operating a Chesapeake Bay crab shedding facility. Included are portions of an earlier VIMS publication by Paul A. Haefner, Jr. and David Garten (1974), "Methods of handling and shedding blue crabs, (Callinectes sapidus)," as well as a compilation of other scientific and industry experiences. Techniques described may not apply to all situations; in many cases general recommendations are made. Additionally, descriptions of various facility designs refer mainly to those in use in Chesapeake Bay; other areas of the country may use varying, but similar designs. Although the information in this manual will be very helpful in establishing a soft crab shedding operation, the prudent person will seek out additional assistance. In all soft crab producing states there are Sea Grant Marine Advisory Programs (Appendix 1) or other organizations willing to provide personalized services. These people should be searched out and contacted for guidance in entering the soft crab industry. Suggestions for additional reading are provided in Appendix 2. The use of trade names in this publication is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. It is not an endorsement of the products named and does not signify that they are approved to the exclusion of others.



Blue Crabs, Soft Shell Crab, Fisheries, Management

Publication Statement

1ST Printing: Spring 1984, First Revision 1988, Second Revision 1995


This work is a result of research sponsored by NOAA office of Sea Grant, U.S. Department of Commerce, under Federal Grant Number NA90AA-D-SG045 to the Virginia Graduate Marine Science Consortium and the Virginia Sea Grant College Program.The U.S. Government is authorized to produce and distribute reprints for governmental purposes, notwithstanding any copyright that may appear hereon.



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