Population Studies of the Blue Crabs of Gulf Area 20 - Studies of the Blue Crab Populations of the Texas Coast


For the year, 914 specimens were taken including 155 blue crabs, 630 Gulf blue crabs and 129 associated crabs. The blue crab was not abundant in the Gulf samples and, when found, was in shallow water. It had spawning peaks in March and August. The Gulf blue crab was more numerous and it was found in deeper water. Associated crabs in the area were not abundant. Of these crabs, Portunus gibbesii and Pagurus floridanus were the most numerous.


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Gulf blue crab, blue crab, Gulf of Mexico, crab population, stock assessment