Bulletin of Marine Science
The 1986 spawning stock exhibited a single abundance peak, increasing from 1.0×105 individuals in early July to 9.3×106 in late July, maintaining high levels throughout the summer, and declining in the fall to 7.4×105 individuals. The 1987 spawning stock showed 2 peaks of abundance. The population reached the lesser peak, 1.0×106 individuals, in late July; the greater peak, 1.5×106, in late August. By late September, the population had declined to 6.5×105 individuals. The peak abundance of the 1987 female spawning stock was only 16% as great as the peak abundance in 1986; the 1987 spawning stock size in 1986. Variability of this magnitude calls for continued monitoring and watchful management, to prevent fishing pressure from exceeding the reproductive capacity of the stock.
Original Publication Citation
Jones, C.M., McConaugha, J.R., Geer, P.J., & Prager, M.H. (1990). Estimates of spawning stock size of blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, in Chesapeake Bay, 1986-1987. Bulletin of Marine Science, 46(1), 159-169.
Jones, Cynthia M.; McConaugha, John R.; Geer, Patrick J.; and Prager, Michael H., "Estimates of Spawning Stock Size of Blue Crab, Callinectes Sapidus, in Chesapeake Bay, 1986-1987" (1990). OES Faculty Publications. 175.