Population Studies of Adult Blue Crabs in the Inshore Gulf of Mexico and of Larval Crabs in Port Aransas, Port Mansfield, and Port Isabel Ship Channels - Studies of the Blue Crab Populations of the Texas Coast


In the inshore Gulf off Port Aransas, female blue crabs, Callinectes sapidus, were caught in June, July, and September. Totals involved were 17 crabs. One male was taken in March. Four females were caught south in December. Nine females were taken north off Galveston in January. The Gulf blue crab, Callinectes danae, was present all year inshore off Port Aransas, and off Port Mansfield/Isabel. Larval stages entering Port Aransas channel were most abundant in February and again in June.


pages 623-635; available for download at the link below.


blue crabs, population survey