Researchers, Fishermen Collaborate at Green Crab Summit

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ORONO - Researchers and fisherman convened at the University of Maine today, to come up with solutions for an invasive species, that is threatening one of the state's biggest fishing industries.

Over the past century, a small green crab, native to Europe, has slowly been making it's way into Maine mud flats. Now the state's warming waters show that this invasive species is multiplying faster than ever before.

Monday's summit served as an opportunity to share data from a coast-wide survey by the Department of Marine Resources, as well as discuss different approaches for control and future management. A topic that brought together researchers from Maine, as well as out of state.

 

All of them looking for a solution to an issue that poses not only ecological, but economical problems for coastal communities

Department of Marine Resources Commissioner, Pat Keliher says this won't be the last of these meetings, and collaboration will continue.

 

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