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Crabs Put The Pinch On Marshlands
2011-09-26 10:58:40

   Hungry purple marsh crabs threaten Cape Cod salt marshes [ Watch the Video ] If you take a quick glance at the marsh next to Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port, Mass., you will notice right away that some of the grass is missing. The cordgrass there, and all around Cape Cod, has been slowly disappearing for decades. "The cordgrass that's being destroyed here is the foundation species that builds salt marshes," explains marine ecologist Mark Bertness of Brown...

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2011-07-06 08:00:00

Research Bolsters Importance of Horseshoe Crab Spawning for Migrating Shorebirds Speculation that the welfare of a small, at-risk shorebird is directly tied to horseshoe crab populations is in part supported by new scientific research, according to a U.S. Geological Survey- led study published in Ecosphere, a journal of the Ecological Society of America. Population health of the red knot, a shorebird species whose population has plummeted over the last 15 years, has been directly tied to the...

2011-06-06 11:00:00

NEW YORK, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Best known as the chef and fisherman who ran a successful underground lobster roll business from his Brooklyn basement apartment, lifelong seafood lover Ben Sargent brings boundless knowledge, experience, and passion to his new primetime Cooking Channel series Hook, Line & Dinner. By bike, boat, car or surfboard, Ben Sargent embarks on the ultimate coastal road trip and uncovers the country's regional seafood specialties and the local joints at...

2011-01-25 11:50:59

Genome-based technique helps identify a virus lethal to blue crab A research effort designed to prevent the introduction of viruses to blue crabs in a research hatchery could end up helping Chesapeake Bay watermen improve their bottom line by reducing the number of soft shell crabs perishing before reaching the market. The findings, published in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, shows that the transmission of a crab-specific virus in diseased and dying crabs likely occurs after the...

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2010-08-30 20:03:21

Decline may affect at-risk shorebirdsA distinct decline in horseshoe crab numbers has occurred that parallels climate change associated with the end of the last Ice Age, according to a study that used genomics to assess historical trends in population sizes.  The new research also indicates that horseshoe crabs numbers may continue to decline in the future because of predicted climate change, said Tim King, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and a lead author on the new study...

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2010-01-27 08:13:44

The Atlantic blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, long prized as a savory meal at a summer party or seafood restaurant, is a multi-million dollar source of income for those who harvest, process and market the crustacean along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Unfortunately, the blue crab population has been declining in recent years under the assault of viruses, bacteria and man-made contaminants. The signs of the attack often are subtle, so researchers from the National Institute of Standards...

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2009-10-28 08:03:07

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers are close to unraveling intricate cellular pathways that control molting in blue crabs. The discoveries could revolutionize the soft-shell crab industry, generating new jobs and additional profits for the U.S. fishing industry along the coastal Southeast. Soft-shelled blue crabs are a delicacy enjoyed by food lovers each spring and early summer when the crustaceans naturally molt their hard outer shell in the wild. Molting is the process...

2009-09-13 14:16:29

A woman in Virginia says the blue crab she caught during a recent crabbing run on the James River was very rare as its blue coloring coated its entire body. The Newport News (Va.) Daily Press said Sunday that Sally Epps found the all-blue crab during a recent crabbing run near Virginia's Craney Island and was immediately struck by the animal's rare coloring. I just said, 'You know, this looks real strange, Epps said. Epps, whose age was not reported but who has 11 years of crabbing...

2009-04-18 11:40:54

The Chesapeake Bay's female blue crab population doubled in the last year, say Maryland and Virginia officials working to halt steep declines in harvests. The increase was credited to catch restrictions aimed at preserving females so they can live to produce future generations, The Sun newspaper in Baltimore reported Saturday. Overall, the Bay's blue crab numbers increased from an estimated 280 million in 2007-2008 to more than 418 million in 2008-2009, with the number of baby crabs holding...

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2009-03-04 14:20:00

Watermen in Chesapeake Bay are struggling to make a living in the region that was once home to one of the most bountiful fisheries in the US. As early as 1993, the Bay was credited with about half of the country's blue crab harvest, according to the AP. But a development boom has resulted in declining catches and the US Commerce Department declared the fishery a federal disaster last September. As a result, Maryland and Virginia were forced to shut down the stream for fishing until spring....


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2009-03-27 18:08:12

Callinectes sapidus, or more familiarly known as the Blue Crab, is a crustacean inhabiting the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Maryland advertises the species as its State Crustacean and consequently, it is the subject of an extensive fishery there. The Blue Crab is particularly aggressive and complicated to handle safely. It is hostile and known to react at any movement they determine a threat. The western edge of the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to...

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