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NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Catalog of Images

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Clams protected by fence survived but those outside of fence were eaten by green crabs within a few weeks.
Maine, Jonesport 1954
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Pesticide barrier to keep out green crabs
Maine, Jonesport 1960
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Soft-shell clam anatomy in FWS BCF Circular 162
1962
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The blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). A female is shown at the top and a male below. The female's claws are tipped with red and the male's with blue.
1965
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The range of the blue crab includes the entire Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States. It is not very abundant north of Delaware Bay and the commercial fishery extends from New Jersey to Texas. As of 1965, over 75% of the total landings was caught in the 4 states shown in cross-hatching.
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The sex of the blue crab is easily recognizable by the shape of the abdomen. It is triangular in the immature female (top), semi-circular in the adult female ( center), and T-shaped in the male.
1965
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The male blue crab cradles his legs around the female and carries her about with him for 2 or 3 days before and after mating. At this time they are known to watermen as "doublers" or "buck and rider."
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Sponge crab. A female blue crab with a mass of eggs attached beneath her abdomen, where she carries them until they hatch. The so-called "sponge" may contain up to 2 million eggs.
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A zoea, the first larval form of the blue crab. The zoea sheds 6 or 7 times before entering the second larval form, known as a megalops. ( From Costlow and Bookhout)
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A megalops, the second larval form of the blue crab. The megalops sheds once to become a miniature of its parents. (From Costlow and Bookhout.)
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Molting. the blue crab shown here has just begun to back out of its old shell. The new shell will stretch and smooth out as the crab absorbs water and will end up about 25 % larger than the former shell.
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Artwork. Crab pot. The crabs are attracted by the bait held in the cylindrical container and enter through the funnel-shaped openings, but find it hard to escape. Drawing by Curtis Lewis BCF.
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Artwork. Trotline. Sketch of a typical trotline being fished. Shows the anchored and buoyed line, with baits in place, passing over roller on the side of the boat. The fisherman dip nets the crabs as they are brought to the surface. (From Cargo.)
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Artwork. Crab dredge. Pulled behind a boat, this device digs the crabs out of the mud, where they bury to escape the cold. This is about the only way of obtaining crabs in lower Chesapeake Bay during the winter.
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Picking the meat from bule crabs is still a tedious, hand operation. If machines can be built to do this economically, it will help the industry expand. This is a scene from the picking room of the Luther Lewis and Son Crab Co.
North Carolina, Davis 1965 summer
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Crab floats. Peeler crabs are held in these floats until they shed and can be sold as soft shell crabs.
North Carolina, Core Sound 1961
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A biologist of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries collecting urine from a blue crab for use in a study of the composition of body fluids. The crab's urinary opening is at the base of the antenna.
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Artwork. The blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). After Rathbun.
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Jonah crab. The Jonah crab is caught in waters off New England.
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The Bird Automatic Meat Extractor
Massachusetts, Walpole 1972
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Artwork. Deep sea red crab (Geryon Quinquedens)
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Artwork. Stone crab (Menippe mercenaria)
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Large male dungeness crab.
Alaska, Ketchikan 1952 September 18
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Female dungeness crab.
Alaska, Ketchikan 1952 September 22
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Artwork. Rock crab (Cancer irroratus)
1943
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Artwork. Stone crab (Menippe mercenarius)
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Artwork. Green crab (Carcinus maenas)
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King crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus)
Alaska March 1967
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Artwork. Stone crab (Menippe mercenarius)
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Artwork. Rock crab (Cancer irroratus)
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Large male dungeness crab.
Alaska, Clarence Strait 1952 September 19
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Male dungeness crab- front view.
Alaska, Ketchikan 1952 September 18
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Hermit crab
Pacific Ocean, Wake Island 1923 August 4
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Unloading blue crabs
Virginia, Franklin City 1968 August
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Weighing blue crabs
Virginia, Franklin City 1968 August
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Bushel basket full of blue crabs
Virginia, Franklin City 1968 August
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Bushel basket full of blue crabs
Virginia, Franklin City 1968 August
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Commercial type crab pot is used in exploration to determine the distirbution and abundance of commercially valuable invertebrates.
Alaska
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Red crab
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Stainless steel trays hold leg meat sections of tanner crab at the Point Chehalis Packers plant.
Alaska, Cordova 1968 October
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Dungeness crab (Cancer magister)
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Jonah crab. The larger crabs are about 6 inches wide and average about 1 pound with some specimens reaching 1 3/4 pounds.
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Dungeness crab (Cancer magister)
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Artwork. Stone crab (Menippe mercenarius). After Rathbun.
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Cod end of large catch of swimming crabs taken onboard NOAA Ship DAVID STARR JORDAN.
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Dungeness crab (Cancer magister) FWS Fl 550
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Tanner crab is weighed and hauled from the catcher boat in the same operation at the Point Chehalis Packers plant.
Alaska, Cordova 1968 October
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Rock crab (Cancer irroratus)
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Spider crab (Hvas lvratus)
Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Adak, Sweeper Cove
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Red crab (Geryon quinquedens). Red crabs occasionally reach over 2 pounds in weight.
Massachusetts, Woods Hole 1971 March

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