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.