Population trends and commercial harvest of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, in Texas bays September 1978-August 1979.
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Blue crab populations were monitored September 1978-August 1979 by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel using 6.1-m trawls in the Galveston, Matagorda, San Antonio and Aransas Bay systems, and 18.3-m seines in the above bay systems plus the Corpus Christi, upper, and lower Laguna Madre Bay systems. Monthly commercial blue crab landings for the Texas coast were obtained from Monthly Marine Products Reports. Commercial blue crab catch effort data were obtained during personal interviews conducted at commercial crab houses in the Galveston, Matagorda, San Antonio and Aransas Bay systems.