Project updates

We will be posting updates on tagging and recaptures here. Check back frequently for the latest updates.

June 28, 2017: We’ve now tagged over 10,000 crabs and have received reports of over 2,000 recaptures. Keep watching for tagged crabs, and please call us if you catch one!

April 20, 2017: We’ve now tagged over 8,000 crabs! Crabs have been tagged as far southwest as Lower Laguna Madre, TX and as far east as Steinhatchee, FL.

January 30, 2017: We’ve now moved from our www.nicholls.edu/blue-crabs site to blue crab.usm.edu. Although tagging has slowed for the winter, we’ve now tagged over 6,000 crabs and expect things to pick up again soon!

October 31, 2016: After a busy summer and the first few weeks of fall, we’ve now tagged over 5,000 crabs! Also, we have moved from Nicholls State University to the Gulf Coast Research Lab, University of Southern Mississippi. Expect website modifications in the coming weeks as we move to USM servers.

July 25, 2016: We’ve now tagged over 2000 crabs!

June 21, 2016: Come see us this weekend at the St. Tammany Crab Festival in Slidell, LA. We’ll have a booth set up with information on our tagging projects and some free giveaways.

June 9, 2016: We now have crabs tagged in all 5 Gulf states. Last week, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tagged the first crab in Florida, and more will be tagged in the coming weeks.

June 2, 2016: Our research has been highlighted by several media outlets, including The Houston ChronicleNola.com/The Times-Picayune, Lone Star Outdoor News, and Louisiana Sportsman.

May 25, 2016: We’ve tagged over 1000 crabs! As of today, we’ve tagged 1115 mature female blue crabs in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and have had 182 recaptures reported.

May 9, 2016We now have a searchable map showing where crabs have been tagged. Click HERE to view the map.

May 1, 2016: With our first Mississippi recapture reported this week, we have now had tagged crabs reported from TX, LA, MS, and AL. Check back soon for a map showing locations where crabs have been recaptured.

April 20, 2016: Tagging has expanded to Texas and Alabama, and will soon begin in Mississippi and Florida.

March 10, 2016: Tagging began on March 8, 2016 in Louisiana and will begin in mid-March throughout the rest of the Gulf of Mexico.