Blue crabs have been an important resource for many different cultures for centuries. Even in the 1600’s, Native Americans and early American settlers harvested blue crabs as a form of sustenance. However, as time progressed blue crabs began to become overharvested, mainly due to their use as an effective bait for fisheries. Because of this, there are now regulations in place to help maintain and safeguard the blue crab’s global population.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 12.5 L x 18 W x H
- Size in in: 4.92 L x 7.09 W x 0.0 H
Recent declines in their numbers, especially in the Chesapeake Bay, have begun to recover, thanks in large part to the Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee (BBCAC), a cooperative between Maryland and Virginia, the two states with the most impact on the crab’s population.
Native to the eastern US, this species is now considered invasive in the Mediterranean and its impact is still being studied.