Monday, August 29, 2011

Recovering from Irene

Hurricane Irene spared us here in Savannah, but I know there is a lot of cleanup going on in much of blue crab country. I wish everyone the best in their cleanup efforts and hope life returns to normal quickly.

2 comments:

  1. We didn't get hit as bad out on the east end of Long Island, but I did lose two of the docks where I was hanging blue crab megalopae collectors. I was only able to recover 3 of 6 collectors I had out before the storm, and surprisingly, not a big pulse of the little guys as I was anticipating given the surge and the new moon. Thoughts? Obviously I'll still be collecting these daily through at least September.

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  2. Hi John,

    It's hard to say for sure why you didn't get a big pulse of megalopae. Dave Eggleston at NCSU recently published a paper on the effect of storms on blue crab settlement in NC. From what I remember, the specific track of the storm in relation to the collection site was very important. I don't know enough about your area to hazard any guesses. Good luck sampling this month. It should be the peak time for settlement.

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