TONIGHT 7PM: Green Crab Forum – from Sen. Tarr

This just in from Senator Tarr’s office:

Green Crab Forum Offers Informative Presentation on Invasive Species

Sen. Tarr, Cape Ann Lawmakers, Constable Grundstrom, and DMF
Host March 3rd Forum

 Boston- Since the early 1800s, the carcinus maenas, or more commonly known as green crabs, have been invading the waters off the coast of Massachusetts and New England harming native habitats as it continues to colonize.  This invasive species has grown so rapidly over the years that it is now threatening marine wildfire, including fisheries that are harvested by local fishermen.  If left unchecked, the devastating path created by the green crab population will not only have a lasting effect on oceanic life, but also on local economies.

Due to the dire situation, Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), State Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich), and State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) have joined with Rowley Shellfish Constable Jack Grundstrom, and the Division of Marine Fisheries to offer a special open to the public Green Crab Forum on Monday, March 3rd to discuss the very real threat of green crabs.

Who:     Senator Bruce Tarr, Shellfish Constable Jack Grundstrom, and Division of Marine Fisheries

What:   Open to the public Green Crab Forum

Where: Anniquam River Marine Fisheries Field Station
30 Emerson Ave.
Gloucester, MA 01930

When: Monday, March 3rd
7:00pm-9:00pm

“Green crabs pose a strong and growing threat to our shellfish resources, our shellfish industry, and the integrity and sustainability of our marshes and wetlands,” said Senator Tarr.  “Confronting that threat is going to take a comprehensive effort and innovation.”

Green crabs, which are originally from Europe, feed normally on shellfish such as blue mussels and soft-shell clams.  Due to the recent acceleration in size, the invasive species has become destructive to the survival of native species.  In order to prevent further damage to the local marine habitat, planning and action must be taken immediately in a coordinated and responsible fashion.

Some highlights of the evening’s agenda include:

•             A brief history of the green crab species;

•             Impacts caused by the green crab; and

•             Controlling the green crab threat.

“In order to prevent further destruction of our fragile marine ecosystem from the invasive green crabs, we as a region need to work together to protect the natural habitat and the shellfish industry,” said Representative Brad Hill (R-Ipswich).

“This forum is important so we can learn more about the eco-system and of natural predators not just the effects of overfishing,” said Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester).

One comment

  • Suggestion only!
    There was a whole bunch of these around the Lanes cove and other coves rocky area when I was growing up and they eat just about anything from what I saw. I would be they could sell them overseas – they are used in various dishes here South Korea. Make some revenue in the process? Cost assessment? Prime crabbing grounds this way is a dangerous area along the DMZ – water line not a place to cross into for sure!

    Quoted below:

    http://www.seouleats.com/crab-story/

    The side-walking crabs in its various forms in Korea are considered a delicacy. Adding crab to soups or to seafood braised pots increase the value and the taste. Even simple street foods like odeng which are: fish cakes on a skewer and boiled in broth can become a delicacy by just adding a single crab to the broth.

    There is even a Korean saying about the potent flavor of crabs: you can eat a whole cow without anyone noticing, but eating even one crab- the whole village will know. What this means is that it is not easy to hide the smell of crab.

    Now crab is considered something you offer to special guests but in 940AD, Korean King Gon was offered a giant crab by his subjects. At first the king refused it for it looked unappetizing like a giant spider. But after tasting it, he fell in love with the taste and he sent his subjects on a quest to find the best crabs in his kingdom.

    They found that the best crabs in Korea were found on the east coast. The crabs that they found were large crabs that spanned the length of two out-stretched palms. These large Korean crabs have long legs and claws and their tough shells are covered in short black hairs.

    Two cities on the east coast of Korea claim that this crab originated there. The crab has been given the distinction “Yeondeok Crab” after the city of Yeondeok, but this is under scrutiny from the neighboring city of Uljin. This has led to animosity between the two
    cities and the fishermen.

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