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Soft Shell Crab

Soft Shell Crab

Soft shell blue crab aquaculture is one of the oldest aquaculture industries in the United States.  In the recent past, soft shell aquaculture in the U.S. produced over 1 million pounds valued at over $5.5 million.  However, this industry has been in decline over the last 30 years.  Severe natural storms and changing conditions of salinity and water quality have been hard on the industry.  Our goals are to increase survival under changing conditions, increase participation in the industry, and make the industry more resilient to natural hazards.

Fact Sheets & Videos



Image: Soft-Shell Crab Shedding Video

Soft Shell Crab Shedding Overview
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Image: Checking Water Quality Video

Checking Water Quality
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Image: Production and Sale of Soft-shell Blue Crabs Video

Production and Sale of Soft-Shell Blue Crabs
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Fact Sheets

Image: Basics of Soft Shell Shedding

Basics of Soft Shell Shedding
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