Profile updated on 1 September 2016
Jaiba azul (Spanish)
Blue crab Callinectes sapidus has a broad latitudinal distribution, from Nova Scotia, to northern Argentina, including Bermuda and the Antilles. In the Gulf of Mexico, two stocks are considered to exist; an NE Gulf of Mexico stock along Florida state coast up to the Apalachee Bay, and a NW Gulf of Mexico stock occurring from Apalachicola Bay, Florida, to the west of the gulf, based on genetic and phylogenetic analysis (GDAR, 2013). In Mexican waters the fishery ocurrs in 5 states:Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatan (SAGARPA, 2012).
Within FishSource, the term "fishery" is used to indicate each unique combination of a flag country with a fishing gear, operating within a particular management unit, upon a resource. That resource may have a known biological stock structure and/or may be assessed at another level for practical or jurisdictional reasons. A fishery is the finest scale of resolution captured in FishSource profiles, as it is generally the scale at which sustainability can most fairly and practically be evaluated.
Last updated on 28 December 2018
Last updated on 1 January 2014
Little is known about the status of this fishery and it’s management currently. A recent US based assessment indicated that it was likely that this stock was part of the Western Gulf of Mexico Blue Crab stock given larval dispersal and the counter clockwise circulation of the Gulf of Mexico. However this is highly uncertain given the lack of genetic research as well as tagging studies.
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