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🦀 Harmful Algae Blooms Effects on Blue Crabs

Some algae are good for blue crabs but others are not. Algae are photosynthetic organisms that occur in most habitats, ranging from marine and freshwater to desert sands and from hot boiling springs to snow and ice. Algae vary from small, single-celled forms to complex multi-cellular forms, such as the giant kelps of the eastern …

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🦀 How to Raise & Farm Crabs

You might also want to try your luck at raising soft crabs. You will need to build a shedding tank. Take a 3 x 5 foot piece of plywood, or larger, and make sides high enough so crabs cannot climb out. Seal all the cracks and joints so it will hold water and let it …

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🦀 Commercial Crab Pots & Licensing

Commercial crabbing differs from recreational crabbing in several important ways. For example, a commercial crabber needs a different type of license – in Maryland, for example, there are three major license categories for commerical crabbing. They include the Limited Crab Catcher License (LCC), which permits the use of trotlines and up to 50 crab pots; …

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🦀➰ The Best Crab Lines for Traps, Pots & Trotlining

Crab line is another word for a rope that is used by crabbers. Whether you plan to crab with a bottom line, trotline or traps, you will need most definitely need a bit of line. There’s also quite a bit of variety among the different types and styles of crabbing line so we decided to …

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🦀 How to Cook & Eat Crabs

Cooking Hard Shell Crabs When you transfer your crabs from a basket to a cooking pot, make sure ALL the crabs are moving before you cook them. If a crab is not moving, toss it aside. NEVER cook and eat a dead crab. You will get very ill! Use a pair of crab tongs or …

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🦀 Keeping, Storing & Transporting Crabs

How to Store Live Crabs If you decide to save your crabs for later then you will need a cold box or a walk-in refrigerator. Keep the temperature at 42 degrees. Once you place the basket of crabs in the cold box, they will go into a state of semi hibernation. Their system slows down …

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🦀 How to Go Crabbing with a Trotline

Trotlining is an excellent, inexpensive way to catch crabs on your own without spending much money. If you’re interested in getting started, we went ahead and outlined the requirements, setting up process and an in-depth guide on how to start trotlining! Crabbing Trotline Requirements Using a trotline requires: A boat. A crab net. Bushel basket(s). …

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🦀 How to Identify Male vs Female Blue Crabs

Identifying the gender of blue crabs is actually remarkably simple. Below are some very simple pictures that show you exactly how to tell the difference between male and female blue crabs just by looking at their apron. Identifying Female Blue Crabs The bottom of a female blue crab. The underside of a crab is called …

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🦀 Common Blue Crab Diseases

Below are some of the most common diseases affecting blue crabs around the world. VIBRIO PARAHEMOLYTICUS Effects blood and nerve cells and can be fatal to crabs in 72 hours. Found in Chincoteague and Chesapeake bays. Several species of Vibrio have been identified from blue crabs. In 1978 cholera outbreak in Louisiana was attributed to …

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🦀 Blue Crab Mating & Reproduction in Chesapeake Bay

Blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay may take up to 18 months to reach maturity, depending on the water temperature and the length of the season. Mating takes place in waters which are not high in salt content from June through October. It generally occurs in areas chosen by the female crab and in usually shallow …

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