Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Blue Crabs

Callinectes sapidus, "tasty, beautiful swimmers," are common throughout Florida. Blue crabs are popular in both recreational and commercial fisheries.

Blue Crab Research at the Institute

Crustacean researchers gather biological and population data to assess the health of the blue crab fishery.

The Life Cycle of A Blue Crab in Florida

Follow a female blue crab throughout her life.

Health Assessment of Blue Crab in Tampa Bay

A project to study blue crab health in Tampa Bay from August 2006 through August 2007.

Blue Crab Sea Stats

Read online or order this brochure for information on age and growth, distribution, migration, feeding habits, and more.

Blue Crab FAQ

Do you have questions about blue crabs? Read the blue crab FAQ for answers.

Species Account for Blue Crab

A species account for blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) in Florida.

Blue Crab Stock Assessment

A report to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Division of Marine Fisheries Management: a summary on the life history and ecology of blue crab, especially information about Florida's blue crab populations.

Glossary of Crustacean Terms

Check the crustacean glossary for definitions of terms used in our articles and elsewhere.


Commercial Regulations for Blue Crab

View the current commercial fishing regulations for blue crab.

Recreational Blue Crabbing

View the current recreational fishing regulations for blue crab.

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