Harvest and identification of peeler crabs

Otwell, W. Steven and Lawlor, Frank (1997) Harvest and identification of peeler crabs. Gainesville, FL, Florida Sea Grant College Program, (Florida Sea Grant Extension Bulletin, 39)

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Peeler crabs are simply hard shell blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) that show signs of molting. The molting process, commercially called shedding, is when the hard shell is cast off and the new soft shell emerges. In the soft condition, the shell expands to a larger size before rehardening. Peeler crabs is the term given to blue crabs that are in a pre-molt stage. Identification of pre-molt crabs is the key to the success of soft shell crab operations since prolonged time in a shedding facility increass the chance of mortality, requires feeding, decreases water quality and increases operating costs. (2pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Harvest and identification of peeler crabs
Personal Creator/Author:
Otwell, W. Steven
Lawlor, Frank
Series Name: Florida Sea Grant Extension Bulletin
Number: 39
Date: 1997
Publisher: Florida Sea Grant College Program
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Uncontrolled Keywords: Blue crabs; Callinectes sapidus; fisheries; Florida
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 414
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2007 22:27
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:05
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/414

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