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Norway fears giant crab invasion
BBC News ^ | 8/9/06 | Lars Bevanger

Posted on 08/09/2006 7:10:34 AM PDT by Sax

Environmentalists and fishermen in northern Norway are warning of a Russian invasion of alien crustaceans which are threatening to ruin the local sea fauna. They say the giant red king crab is spreading with alarming speed from Russian waters along the Norwegian coast, destroying everything in its wake. The crab has few natural enemies, and is considered to be an omnivore, digesting everything from cod larvae to other crabs. But it is also a sought-after delicacy. Lars Petter Oeye takes gourmet tourists on fjord crab safaris near the border with Russia, high up in Norway's Arctic north.

Here, crabs are picked off the sea floor by divers. Mr Oeye says the fjord is crawling with them. "It is not abnormal that you might see 10,000 crabs together. It might look scary, because people don't know that this is the way king crabs behave. "I started to dive in 1987. At that time we had found the first crabs in these waters, but we never saw king crabs in shallow depths or in diving depths at that moment." Fishing quotas The red king crab is native only to the north Pacific around the Kamchatka peninsula and neighbouring Alaskan waters. Soviet scientists introduced the species to the Russian Barents Sea near the border with Norway in 1960. They wanted to increase the yield from local fisheries.

Since then, millions of crabs have spread west. Environmentalists like WWF Norway's Rasmus Hansson say they must be stopped. "They don't belong here. The biodiversity convention states specifically that introduced species is one of the four most important factors for species extermination in the world. "With the king crabs, we know that they are an enormous crab, today it's about 20 million of them in the Barents Sea. Twenty years ago there were zero." Mr Hansson says the present annual fishing quota of 300,000 crabs must be increased. Local fishermen agree - too many king crabs ruin their nets. Big money They also know a large king crab quota means big money. Neighbouring Russian king crab fishermen have a quota 10 times that of their Norwegian colleagues. They can afford to keep their fishing fleet in excellent shape between seasons in an expensive Norwegian wharf. The Norwegian government is considering increasing the quota for Norwegian fishermen to reflect this reality, and to control the spread of the crab. Mr Hansson sees no need to wait. "These animals eat things. They obviously make a difference down at the bottom of the sea," he said. "We still don't quite know what, but we may be in for a nasty surprise when research has concluded on their impact on the ecosystem." Mr Oeye agrees more king crabs should be caught, but thinks the crab threat is sometimes exaggerated. "Of course we should say it is an invasive species, and of course we don't know enough. But it's not like they're really destroying the bottom of the sea." If the government does increase quotas and makes more of the red king crabs available, it would probably please both fishermen, environmentalists and seafood lovers.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: coastalenvironment; crab; crabs; environment; imitchy; yougotcrabs
I've got my butter and lemon, sir. I'm ready to combat this invasion.
1 posted on 08/09/2006 7:10:36 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Sax
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The conditions look considerably better than those on 'The Deadliest Catch' too.

2 posted on 08/09/2006 7:12:00 AM PDT by Sax (You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat)
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To: Sax

Yes, get the pot of sea water boiling on the stove. Get the bibs out, claw-crackers and let's given 'em hell !!!


3 posted on 08/09/2006 7:12:55 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sax

Read about this some time ago. Apparently these crabs are delicious.


4 posted on 08/09/2006 7:13:09 AM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Sax

"Eck eck eck eck eck..."

5 posted on 08/09/2006 7:14:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sax
OK, someone has to make a beer and Old Bay run!


6 posted on 08/09/2006 7:15:56 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Zarqawi died, liberals cried....)
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To: Sax

I volunteer to dispose 'em appropriately... Can they FEDEX fresh giant crabs to me?


7 posted on 08/09/2006 7:16:39 AM PDT by Toidylop
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To: Sax

Momma, don't clean no fish cause Daddy gonna bring home the crabs.


8 posted on 08/09/2006 7:19:15 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (USAF Air Rescue "That others may live.")
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To: Sax
In the book, Blind Man's Bluff there's few lines about navy divers retrieving these crabs for sub crew meals in the chapter on the tapping of a Russian undersea cable in the Sea of Kamchatka.
9 posted on 08/09/2006 7:21:57 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
"Apparently these crabs are delicious."
They are. My late cat used to really love them, at catnip level.
10 posted on 08/09/2006 7:31:37 AM PDT by GSlob
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To: Sax

"Norway fears giant crab invasion"

Hey, leave Paris Hilton out of this!


11 posted on 08/09/2006 7:34:22 AM PDT by jdm
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To: ecoEnquirer

Ping. "giant crab invasion"


12 posted on 08/09/2006 7:38:19 AM PDT by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Sax

13 posted on 08/09/2006 7:38:31 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Sax
sure, first its just crabs, then its herpes and syphilis and gonorrhea..ooops sorry wrong crabs.
14 posted on 08/09/2006 7:56:03 AM PDT by pipecorp ( muhammed ......8(_o_)8 .................nice likeness, eh?)
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To: Sax; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; SandyInSeattle; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
I volunteer to combat this menace, provided that Norway throws in the garlic potatoes.


15 posted on 08/09/2006 7:57:44 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: Sax
The conditions look considerably better than those on 'The Deadliest Catch' too.

These silly Scandies should stop b!tching and start eating. Great TV action there on 'The Deadliest Catch'!!!

16 posted on 08/09/2006 8:00:29 AM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who go through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: EX52D

I'll bring the butter too!


17 posted on 08/09/2006 8:01:38 AM PDT by Toby06 (True conservatives vote based on their values, not for parties.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Sax

18 posted on 08/09/2006 8:02:33 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: Sax
Call the Justice League! Finally, something for Aquaman to do!
19 posted on 08/09/2006 8:19:44 AM PDT by PCBMan (Wernstrom!!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; EveningStar
"Crab people, crab people, taste like crab, talk like people."


20 posted on 08/09/2006 8:21:10 AM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: jdm

Heh, I was about to write the same thing.


21 posted on 08/09/2006 8:33:30 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: Toby06

Now your talkin'!


22 posted on 08/09/2006 9:34:43 AM PDT by EX52D (Life is a stage, and we are merely players...)
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To: sully777

LOLOL!


23 posted on 08/09/2006 11:13:01 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Sax
Great opportunity for someone.

Commercial Fishermen here in Alaska Get $4 - $5 a pound right off the boat for red king crab.

Commercially, (in store) the current price exceeds $28 dollars a pound.

Lets go crab fishing!

24 posted on 08/09/2006 11:26:35 AM PDT by Species8472
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

How is crab meat? Is it soft and flaky or chewy?
Does it taste like chicken or fishy?

I love sushi and have been thinking of trying crab meat, i just don't want to have to touch the shell, eeeek!


25 posted on 08/09/2006 7:08:19 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

I prefer sushi. Well I prefer sashimi. Crab is sweet mild and flakes in texture. Personally I prefer stone crab claws, but this is great too.

Customer of mine after being all happy and stuff sent me some of this stuff:

http://www.kasilofseafoods.com/seafood-gifts/shellfish.htm

The really big ones. Most crab is a chore to eat. Crack crack pick pick dip dip.

This was crack... and eat... A single segment of a leg was more than I could finish.


26 posted on 08/09/2006 8:01:42 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Sax

27 posted on 08/10/2006 12:26:06 PM PDT by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: NRA1995
‘Round these parts, putting Old Bay on anything but one of these is sacrilege.

Before:


After:


Although it is acceptable to put Old Bay on your potato chips, french fries, corn on the cob, in your scrambled eggs, macaroni or potato salad, but the only Old Bay Crab is the Blue Crab!

Those Daddy Long Leg crabs make a good appetizer but Maryland steamed crabs are a meal!
28 posted on 08/10/2006 2:14:36 PM PDT by Caramelgal (There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

MMMM Thanks for the link, I was browsing through the website, smoked salmon lookes delicious :)
Maybe i'll stick to sushi, cracking them crabs open does sound awefullly like alot of work :)


29 posted on 08/11/2006 12:04:57 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: sully777

Ahh crab people!


30 posted on 08/11/2006 1:16:06 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: Sax
Crosslinked  :-)

Great Britain Diver catches giant crab (OF COURSE there are pictures -))

31 posted on 07/04/2008 3:43:04 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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