Nothing says summer along the mid-Atlantic coast like blue crabs, whether it means a lazy day out catching crabs with the family or diving into fresh crab cakes at your favorite restaurant. But blue crabs are more than that…they are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem and its economy. The long-term research of the blue crab at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center looks to not only better understand blue crab migration and its role in the Bay, but to have that knowledge translated into sound management policy, so that crabs may continue to play their important role in our environment and in our economy.
- Smithsonian to lead study on degradation of nearshore coastal habitats of the Chesapeake
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- Bottom-dwelling creatures in the Chesapeake Bay need more oxygen, study finds.
- Net survey: For quarter century, scientists have been counting creatures traveling Chesapeake Bay tributary
- Salad science: Coaxing caterpillars to reveal the secrets of their leafy desires