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1 Soft Crabs in Closed Systems : A Virginia Success Story

  title={1 Soft Crabs in Closed Systems : A Virginia Success Story},
  author={M. Oesterling},
  • M. Oesterling
  • Published 2000
  • Soft-shell crabs have been produced commercially in Virginia for well over 100 years and may be one of the earliest forms of aquaculture in the United States (Oesterling, 1993). Soft-shell crabs are not a separate species of crab, but are blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) that have shed (molted) their hard outer shells in preparation for growth. The hard exoskeleton of blue crabs do not allow for continual size increases associated with fishes and other animals. In order for a crab to grow, this… CONTINUE READING
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