The Blue Crab: Beautiful Swimmer and Coastal Wolf, North Carolina’s Most Valuable Fishery
with Dr. Martin Posey and Mr. Troy Alphin of UNCW
April 10, 2018
UNCW Center for Marine Science Auditorium
Seminar 6:30 p.m. / Refreshments 7:30 p.m.
The blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) is one of the most iconic coastal creatures. Nearly every visitor to our coast has observed blue crabs foraging in the shallows or tried his hand at catching them with crab pots, nets or lines. Blue crabs have long been an integral part of the coastal economy along the Atlantic coast of the United States, supporting coastal communities and being an essential part of regional seafood cuisine from pre-colonial times to the present. With some recent exceptions, the blue crab has consistently been the most valuable fishery in North Carolina (based on dockside value) and a staple of recreational fishers who throw the occasional crab pot or chicken neck off a dock. The blue crab is also a critical component of local ecosystems. It is among the most abundant larger predators in our estuaries and sounds and has been suggested to have tremendous impacts on our nearshore bottom habitats. We will explore the importance of the blue crab ecologically and the past and current state of this critical fishery. We will look at its life history, role as a key predator in coastal habitats, and importance in shaping the aquatic communities we know. We will also look at the history of the fishery, regionally and especially along the North Carolina coast, how this fishery has been conducted, and recent concerns about the sustainability of the fishery. Ongoing work by UNCW researchers is addressing many of these questions and is enhancing our understanding of the blue crab in many aspects.
Due to limited seating, reservations are required:
Advance registration for Bluefish Society members will end March 27. The general public may begin registration on March 28. To help us plan refreshments, please RSVP by April 3. To reserve seats, call the Center for Marine Science at 910-962-2301 or email CMS_Events@uncw.edu.
We hope to see you there!