Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/F-94

Growth and Recruitment of Juvenile Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab

Principal Investigator: 

David H. Secor

Start/End Year: 

2003 to 2006

Institution: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Co-Principal investigator: 

H. Rodger Harvey, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Topic(s): 

Description: 

Lipofuscin (LF)-based age determination of blue crabs will be used to measure the rate at which juvenile blue crabs grow and recruit into Chesapeake Bay peeler and hard crab fisheries during summer and fall months. We seek to develop a temperature-based growth model for juvenile blue crabs and apply this model to predict monthly fishery yield patterns.

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