In­va­sive green crab found in state wa­ters

The Daily Herald - - LOCAL NEWS -

SEAT­TLE — A team of vol­un­teer mon­i­tors have found an in­va­sive green crab in the wa­ters of West­cott Bay on San Juan Is­land.

The con­fir­ma­tion marks the first time that this global in­vader has been found in the state’s in­land wa­ters.

The Wash­ing­ton Sea Grant’s crab team is a mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram to look for Euro­pean green crab. It’s work­ing with the Wash­ing­ton De­part­ment of Fish and Wildlife to de­cide the next steps for lim­it­ing the spread of the green crab.

Euro­pean green crab have been stow­aways on ships bound for U.S. ports since the 1800s. In Maine, soft­shell clam har­vests de­clined dra­mat­i­cally when the crab landed there.

Up un­til now, the green crab was only found on Pa­cific coastal es­tu­ar­ies.

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