Blue Crabs @ VIMS

The blue crab Callinectes sapidus has played a central role in the ecology, economy, and culture of Chesapeake Bay since the colonial era. Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) study all aspects of this species—including its ecology, physiology, and population dynamics—with an eye to conservation and a sustainable fishery.

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Five Most Recent Journal Articles
  1. Scheld, A. M., et al., 2021. Evaluating optimal removal of derelict blue crab pots in Virginia, US. Ocean and Coastal Management, 211
  2. Longmire, K. S., et al., 2021. Saved by the shell: Oyster reefs can shield juvenile blue crabs Callinectes sapidus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 672 163-173.
  3. Bilkovic, D. M., et al., 2021. Nursery habitat use by juvenile blue crabs in created and natural fringing marshes. Ecological Engineering, 170
  4. Spitznagel, M. I., et al., 2019. Investigating risk factors for mortality and reovirus infection in aquaculture production of soft-shell blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus). Aquaculture, 502 289-295.
  5. Small, H. J., et al., 2019. Parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium perezi prevalence in larval and juvenile blue crabs Callinectes sapidus from coastal bays of Virginia. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 134 (3): 215-222.

Read a full list of VIMS-authored journal articles related to blue crabs.