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Ryan Exline - Fish & Invertebrate Ecology

Warren Wilson College, North Carolina

Abstract of Research

My research project dealt with release strategies of hatchery raised blue crabs. The lab is in the process of testing the feasibility of large scale stock enhancement for blue crabs. As a part of this larger lab project, I compared survival of juvenile crabs released in near-shore shallow water habitats vs. crabs released in off-shore deep water habitats, within small sub-estuary sites in the West and Rhode Rivers. I also worked with researchers in the lab on a site quality index to be used to determine if possible release sites would be likely to have high survival rates of the hatchery raised juveniles.