Fecundity of Barnegat Bay blue crabs: the influence of size, season and relative fishing effort

This project examined the influence of female size, season, and relative fishing effort on the fecundity of adult blue crabs in Barnegat Bay using field sampling with commercial-style traps and a field experiment. Temporal and spatial variation in the dimensions of female broods (as a gross estimate of brood volume) and aspects of the reproductive potential (e.g., sperm stores) of both sexes were also assessed.