Crab, Blue (Kani) – U.S., Pots
Blue Crabs mature early and carry their eggs for a short period of time, making them more resilient to fishing pressure than other crab species.
In the U.S., abundance of Blue Crabs is at moderate to healthy levels. Blue Crabs are managed by individual states and management has improved in recent years to ensure the fishing on Blue Crabs is sustainable.
Most Blue Crabs are caught with pots, which catch some non-target species, including diamondback terrapins, a species that is decreasing throughout most of its range. Fishing affects on the habitat and ecosystem are moderate.