Public Asked to Report Invasive Mitten Crabs
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife would like recreational crabbers to be aware that five Chinese mitten crabs were recently caught by commercial watermen on the Delaware side of Delaware Bay/River and have been sighted in the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. Mitten crabs are native to Asia but have invaded portions of northern Europe and California.
These crabs are listed as an invasive species. The Division of Fish and Wildlife has contacted, and will be cooperating with, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, which is spearheading the investigation of mitten crabs in Chesapeake Bay and now Delaware Bay.
For more information on mitten crabs and how you can help in the SERC investigation, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/new...mittencrab.htm on the division's Web site.
Re: Public Asked to Report Invasive Mitten Crabs
I work with a guy who was a marine biologist until recently.
He told me that they've been finding those crabs for years, probably 10 years he said. He also stated that the fear is that those mittens will compete for food with the green crabs, which were also introduced to our area. Why the state is saying that only 7 have been found on the east coast and it is only recently is beyond me.
Either way, lets crack these babys open and feed them to some blackfish via hook and line.
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