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Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Harriet M. Perry and W. A. Van Engel.
Proceedings of the Blue Crab Colloquium
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
Ocean Springs, Miss
The blue crab is found along the Atlantic coast of the United States from Maine to southern Florida. It is uncommon north of Cape Cod and is most abundant in the Chesapeake Bay where almost half of the United States commercial blue crab landings occur.
The Chesapeake Bay has the largest semi-confined area for blue crab spawning, more nursery area and probably the best mix of environmental conditions for blue crab along the United States eastern coast. In addition, an intensive commercial fishery enables the Chesapeake Bay region to be the area of highest blue crab production.
There are many basic similarities in the life history of the blue crab all along the Atlantic coast. Some differences do occur, however, in timing of some of the life processes, probably due to the different temperature regimes that exist along the coast.
Callinectes -- Congresses
Contribution (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) no. 1011
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