The spatial dynamics of blue crab in Chesapeake Bay

Principal Investigator:

Thomas J. Miller

Start/End Year:

2000 - 2003


Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science



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.

Related Publications:

Brylawski, BJ; Miller, TJ. 2006. Temperature-dependent growth of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus): a molt process approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences63(6):1298 -1308. doi:10.1139/F06-011. UM-SG-RS-2006-06.

Fogarty, MJ; Miller, TJ. 2004. Impact of a change in reporting systems in the Maryland blue crab fishery. Fisheries Research68(13):37 -43. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2004.02.006. UM-SG-RS-2004-07.

Brylawski, BJ; Miller, TJ. 2003. Bioenergetic modeling of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) using the fish bioenergetics (3.0) computer program. Bulletin of Marine Science72(2):491 -504. UM-SG-RS-2003-21.

Miller, TJ. 2003. Incorporating space into models of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population. Bulletin of Marine Science72(2):567 -588. UM-SG-RS-2003-12.

Miller, TJ; Smith, SG. 2003. Modeling crab growth and population dynamics: Insights from the blue crab conference. Bulletin of Marine Science72(2):537 -541. UM-SG-RS-2003-11.

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