Volunteers Needed for Green Crab Project

Published: Aug 1, 2017

NH Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension are seeking volunteers to help monitor green crabs molting season on the New Hampshire's Seacoast, Southern Maine and Northern Massachusetts beaches. You will be locating, measuring and photographing green crabs between July and September 2017. This fun addition to your visits to the beach will help develop a soft-shell green crab fishery/industry to control this invasive crustacean.

Green Crab Project studies the green crab, Carcinas maenas, an invasive species that has wreaked ecological and economic havoc along the New England coast for decades. Without the help of volunteers, scientists wouldn't be able to monitor, track and map the presence of male green crabs in the spring and female green crabs in the late summer to early fall in N.H. estuarine and coastal areas. The goal of the project is to identify a clear window of time when male and female green crabs are molting as part of the exploration of the soft-shell green crab market and fishery in the Granite State to help in controlling populations of this invasive species. 

Visit the project website to learn how to look for green crabs and report a sighting.

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