Friday, September 21, 2012

2011 Official crab landings released

The official 2011 blue crab landings figures have been released by the National Marine Fisheries Service. You can search for landings of any species in any state from 1950-2011 in their database here.

I graphed the landings data for hard crabs only (in metric tons) for states on the East Coast with at least 1000 metric tons of landings. There's good news in the mid-Atlantic, with landings continuing to show improvement over the low numbers of the last decade. It's a different story in the southeast, where landings ticked up a bit but remained low. Please note that I have added 11,000 metric tons to the Maryland landings data from 1950-1980 to account for a change in reporting requirements that significantly increased reported landings.

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