How do changes in physical conditions and megalopae behavior affect blue crab recruitment in Chesapeake and Delaware Bays?

Grant awarded to:
Elizabeth North (UMCES)
William Boicourt (UMCES)
Charles Epifanio (UDEL)
Richard Garvine (UDEL)
Michael Roman (UMCES)
Arnoldo Valle-Levinson (ODU/UFL)

Ana Dittel (UDEL)
David Kimmel (UMCES)
Jamie Pierson (UMCES)

Team members:
Jeffery Biermann
Carole Derry (UMCES)
Ginger Jahn
Pia Paulone (Galluadet)
JT Reager (UDEL)
Zachary Schlag (UMCES)
Tom Wazniak (UMCES)

Funded by:
NOAA Sea Grant College Programs of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia

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The objectives of this research are to 1) determine the vertical distribution of blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) megalopae (larvae) near the mouths of Chesapeake and Delaware Bay, and 2) use this information in conjunction with monitoring data and numerical models to determine how environmental variability influences transport of megalopae into the estuaries. Entitled Callinectes Research in the Atlantic Bight: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia (CRAB-DMV), this program combines both field collections and computer simulations to identify physical factors that influence crab population fluctuations in the two estuaries.

This program is the first regional program jointly supported by the NOAA Sea Grant College Programs of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

Please see the CRAB-DMV web site for more information.

Photo by C. Epifanio
Photo by G. Jahn
Grid from R. Garvine
Photo by G. Jahn