Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Journal Of Shellfish Research
The blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, supports a major fishery in the United States. In recent years, domestic crab meat processors have been besieged by imports into their traditional national marketplace. The direct substitutability of the meat from other Callinectes species or other portunid crabs for domestically produced product has contributed to this influx. "Blue" crabs occur worldwide. Within the genus Callinectes, there are 14 different species, with distributions on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and along the Pacific coast of the Americas. Other species of portunid crabs that can be exploited for crab meat production occur throughout tropical regions of the western Pacific. Asian and Latin American countries contribute significantly to imported crab meat. During 1995, over 8.84 x 10(6) kg of swimming crab meat or crab products were imported into the United States, for a value of $74.6 million.
Callinectes Sapidus; Blue Crab; Fisheries; Import Data
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Oesterling, Michael J., Blue Crab Resources In Other Countries: Implications For The US Industry (1998). Journal Of Shellfish Research, 17(2), 375-378.