Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/F-89

The spatial dynamics of blue crab in Chesapeake Bay

Principal Investigator: 

Thomas J. Miller

Start/End Year: 

2000 to 2003

Institution: 

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Topic(s): 

Description: 

1. Quantify blue crab growth per molt and inter-molt period in Chesapeake Bay. 2. Develop an spatially explicit model of Chesapeake Bay blue crab that resolves critical life history features at appropriate time and space scales. 3. Use a spatially explicit model to determine the utility of marine protected areas, migration corridors, and spawning sanctuaries to assist management toward ensuring sustainable population abundances.

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