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Summer brings crab feasts--and concerns for Chesapeake blue crabs

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blue crab with the text photo gallery

View scientists conducting blue crab research on Chesapeake Bay.

Credit: NSF


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blue crab in person's hands

Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are in decline: How much does disease play a part?

Credit: Dave Taylor, DFO Canada


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salt marshes on the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Domain of the Chesapeake blue crab: salt marshes on the Eastern Shore of the Delmarva Peninsula.

Credit: Jeff Shields, VIMS


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researchers with crab samples in a boat at sea

Juvenile blue crabs are collected in shallow seagrass beds, then sorted for transport to the lab.

Credit: Hamish Small, VIMS


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Scientists Jeff Shields and Anna Coffey of VIMS pull a crab pot from the water

Scientists Jeff Shields and Anna Coffey of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences pull a crab pot and sort crabs into coolers.

Credit: Dave Taylor, DFO Newfoundland


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Two mature male blue crabs with the distinctive color of their claws and walking legs.

Two mature male blue crabs show the distinctive color of their claws and walking legs.

Credit: Jeff Shields, VIMS


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researcher taking blood from the base of a walking leg of a blue crab using a syringe

Hemolymph, or blood, is taken from the base of a walking leg of a blue crab.

Credit: Jeff Shields, VIMS


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