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Blue Crab Populations

Brian Henderson

Is there anything more “Chesapeake” than the blue crab? Probably not. Our bay’s signature crustacean is one of the most recognizable critters in our watershed.

As both predator and prey, blue crabs are a keystone species in our region’s food web. Blue crabs also support the most productive commercial and recreational fisheries in the bay, so they are a vital economic driver in our area.

W. Brooks Paternotte took the helm of Irvine Nature Center as executive director in July 2013 and immediately began building on the strong 35-year foundation. Brooks is a Baltimore native who was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean and Head of the Middle School during his 13 years at Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore. He is also an instructor and ambassador of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is a Leave No Trace Master, as well as an avid outdoorsman and a features writer for FlyLife Magazine.
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