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Warning of Chinese crabs on the march
Yorkshire Post Today ^ | 08 February 2006 | Dave Mark

Posted on 02/08/2006 8:02:32 AM PST by Willie Green

For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.

THEY are the known as the terminators of the world's waterways,which can devastate entire species of fish and shellfish in a few short months.

Now an exotic Chinese crab which preys on British native species is on the verge of taking over the country's major waterways, environmental experts have warned.

A study showed invading mitten crabs, which can grow to the size of a dinner plate, could threaten other marine life.

Newcastle University researchers have warned there could be a population explosion of the creatures.

The study authors predict the mitten crab – so called because its claws are coated with small clumps of dark brown fur, or mittens – has the potential to establish itself in all major estuaries in several years time.

Mitten crabs are already present in some British waterways, including the Thames, Humber and Tyne rivers and parts of the North Sea and Channel coasts.

A member of the research team, Dr Matt Bentley, said: "The pattern of the spread in the UK since the 1970s mirrors the spread in mainland Europe and in the Baltic region which experienced a major outbreak.

"This is a fairly good indication that the UK is set for a similar situation."

The study, published in the academic journal Biological Invasions, says a nationwide monitoring and trapping system for the crab should be introduced.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: crabs; globalism; invasivespecies
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1 posted on 02/08/2006 8:02:34 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

Are they good to eat?


2 posted on 02/08/2006 8:03:44 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com ( You'll love Laffey! http://www.electlaffey.com Chafeehas2go)
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To: Willie Green

Do they taste good?


3 posted on 02/08/2006 8:04:05 AM PST by DBrow
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To: Willie Green

Publish recipes. Fish. Set traps.

There's an easy market solution here.

I'm quite sure they taste like crabs.


4 posted on 02/08/2006 8:04:27 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: Willie Green

5 posted on 02/08/2006 8:04:28 AM PST by N3WBI3 (If SCO wants to go fishing they should buy a permit and find a lake like the rest of us..)
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To: Willie Green

Anybody want good recipes for crab cakes or crab soup?


6 posted on 02/08/2006 8:04:54 AM PST by RebelBanker (If you can't do something smart, do something right.)
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To: Willie Green

Oh this is going to get ugly.


7 posted on 02/08/2006 8:04:57 AM PST by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: Willie Green

I always wondered if the Chinese had crabs.


8 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:08 AM PST by OKIEDOC (There's nothing like hearing someone say thank you for your help.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

wondering the samething, any have some melted butter.


9 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:11 AM PST by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: DBrow

The Brits will boil ANYTHING. Problem solved.


10 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:37 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Willie Green

China gave Britian crabs? How embarrassing!


11 posted on 02/08/2006 8:05:53 AM PST by LIConFem (A fronte praecipitium, a tergo lupi.)
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To: DBrow

They're a delicacy in China. Time to open a Crab 'n' Chips shop, it sounds like to me.


12 posted on 02/08/2006 8:06:06 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Willie Green

Do you think penecillin will get rid of them?


13 posted on 02/08/2006 8:06:28 AM PST by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: Willie Green

I'm guessing that because it is a pest, it tastes bad. That's just how it works. Except for deer. Deer are pests and they taste good.

And cows. I hate the way they crawl around inside the walls and chew on the insulation, but they taste good too.


14 posted on 02/08/2006 8:06:59 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com
Are they good to eat?

My thoughts exactly. But, their green look makes me ask is the water clean before we bite.

15 posted on 02/08/2006 8:07:33 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: Willie Green

They're doing the jobs that British crabs won't do.


16 posted on 02/08/2006 8:08:12 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: the gillman@blacklagoon.com

Yeah, but even though the crabs are the size of a dinner plate, you are hungry again 2 hours later. Maybe that's why the crabs left China's waterways, the wildlife experience the same thing...who knew!


17 posted on 02/08/2006 8:08:19 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (We may not be here for a long time, but hopefully it will be a good time.)
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To: Willie Green

Find a way to turn them into fuel. They'll be delcared an endangered species in no time.


18 posted on 02/08/2006 8:09:23 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: Willie Green

19 posted on 02/08/2006 8:10:23 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Willie Green

20 posted on 02/08/2006 8:10:28 AM PST by Tree of Liberty (requiescat in pace, President Reagan)
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To: Willie Green
In the service, we respectfully referred to these creatures as Mechanized Lice to the lady at the sick call desk.
21 posted on 02/08/2006 8:11:00 AM PST by FreedomFarmer (Push Me, Shove You - Oh, Yeah? Says Who? Push Me, Shove You -Oh, Yeah? Says Who?)
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To: AmericaUnite

An old fisherman told me about a new species of crab in the waters of New England. Wasn't too clear a story though. Like most old fishermen, he was bombed.


22 posted on 02/08/2006 8:11:14 AM PST by the gillman@blacklagoon.com ( You'll love Laffey! http://www.electlaffey.com Chafeehas2go)
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23 posted on 02/08/2006 8:12:27 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: EveningStar

ping. It's the Crab People again!


24 posted on 02/08/2006 8:12:43 AM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: AmericaUnite

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/11/1113_031113_mittencrabs.html


25 posted on 02/08/2006 8:12:48 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily, Apply Sparingly.)
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To: Willie Green

http://www.wsg.washington.edu/outreach/mas/nis/mittencrab.html


26 posted on 02/08/2006 8:12:55 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Willie Green

First-ever Migratory Freshwater Crab in the St. Lawrence River

Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis)


A Surprising Discovery in the Water of the St. Lawrence River

While conducting sampling activities in the Quebec City area, Yves de Lafontaine, a research scientist at the St. Lawrence Centre, was approached by a fisherman about an unusual catch he’d made on September 2, 2004. The strange-looking crab was caught in an eel trap near Lévis (Saint-Romuald), on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, just opposite Quebec City.

The live specimen was identified as a Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis), so called for its hairy claws that resemble paws. According to experts at the St. Lawrence Centre and the Parc Aquarium du Québec, this is a female of approximately one and a half years old, weighing 40 g and with a carapace of 4.6 cm wide. The species is considered one of the 100 most invasive species on the planet.

This is the first sighting of this exotic species in the waters of the St. Lawrence River, although a few individuals were found in the Great Lakes in the 1970s.

Odd Behaviour

The Chinese Mitten Crab is catadromous and therefore requires both fresh and salt water to complete its life cycle and ensure the establishment and maintenance of the population. Adult crabs migrate from fresh water to salt water to reproduce. Following the larval period, juvenile crabs migrate to fresh water, where they grow and mature. The species migrates over distances of up to 500 km in the rivers of Europe and Asia.


An Invasive Crab

The Chinese Mitten Crab is a native of the rivers and estuaries of the Yellow Sea, between China and Korea. It was introduced by accident in Germany in 1912 and has spread to many European countries and, most recently to England. It established itself in San Francisco Bay on the U.S. west coast in 1992. In Canada, its presence was noted for the first time in 1965 in the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario, then in Lake Erie in 1973.


A Disturbing Discovery!

In the Great Lakes, this species is thought to be incapable of establishing itself on a long-term basis because of its catadromous nature. Its presence in the water near Quebec City, however, entails a risk of the population establishing itself in the St. Lawrence River and its estuary. Due to the very invasive nature of this species, the tributaries of the St. Lawrence River and Estuary, including the Saguenay River, are also perceived as areas at risk.

The species burrows into riverbanks, leading to their erosion and collapse. They are also known to block the water intakes in irrigation canals.


27 posted on 02/08/2006 8:13:10 AM PST by The Mayor ( Check out my site http://www.rusthompson.com/HomeImprovementandRemodelingTips.html)
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To: Willie Green

Import some of those infected Costa Rican frogs, that ought to fix them.


28 posted on 02/08/2006 8:14:43 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

It's hideous!
29 posted on 02/08/2006 8:14:47 AM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: Willie Green

"Warning of Chinese crabs on the march"

In theaters soon - March of the Crabs, narrated by Morgan Freeman. Next year's documentary Oscar winner.


30 posted on 02/08/2006 8:16:12 AM PST by PCBMan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Willie Green
I'm serious... How does a crab catch or endanger a fish? I thought crabs were scavengers that ate dead fish (or chicken).
31 posted on 02/08/2006 8:16:29 AM PST by babygene (Viable after 87 trimesters)
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To: Willie Green
I got two words for you...


32 posted on 02/08/2006 8:17:45 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: The Mayor

Hmmmmm. They block intakes. Then power plant operators can get freshly cooked crab for midnight meals by just goign to the outlet water boxes of the condensers!


33 posted on 02/08/2006 8:17:49 AM PST by nuke rocketeer
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To: SlowBoat407

"I'm guessing that because it is a pest, it tastes bad."

Just looked on WolfGang Puck's site. They taste almost exactly like blue crabs.


34 posted on 02/08/2006 8:19:36 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: nuke rocketeer

The intakes for the Niagara Power authority is 5 miles from me..


35 posted on 02/08/2006 8:19:58 AM PST by The Mayor ( Check out my site http://www.rusthompson.com/HomeImprovementandRemodelingTips.html)
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To: Willie Green

"..mitten crabs, which can grow to the size of a dinner plate.."

If I were a crab, that's a comparison that would make me extremely nervous... :)


36 posted on 02/08/2006 8:20:21 AM PST by Pessimist
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To: Willie Green

Now we've got to worry about the Chinese crabs???


37 posted on 02/08/2006 8:20:40 AM PST by Savage Beast ("Democrats are rumbling toward the November elections as the American Al Qaeda Party." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: MeanWestTexan
They taste almost exactly like blue crabs.

Hmmm ... The Brits already have good beer/ale. I'm sure we can sell them a few thousand tonnes of Old Bay Seasoning.

38 posted on 02/08/2006 8:21:24 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: N3WBI3

Holy cow! That's the creature that clamped onto the guys face in Alien

39 posted on 02/08/2006 8:22:10 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: Savage Beast

Maybe they could be a source for bio-fuel


40 posted on 02/08/2006 8:23:44 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

"The Brits will boil ANYTHING. Problem solved."

Yeah, but they won't use "Zatarain's":

http://www.zatarain.com/products/product.php/58


41 posted on 02/08/2006 8:24:24 AM PST by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel)
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To: dennisw


42 posted on 02/08/2006 8:25:06 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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To: OKIEDOC
"I always wondered if the Chinese had crabs."

I know the Koreans do...one of my troops had to shave his eyebrows to get rid of 'em!!

43 posted on 02/08/2006 8:26:07 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: dennisw

LOL
Reminds me of my "Young and Wild Days"
Once I thought I had crabs but was wrong.

They Had Me!!!


44 posted on 02/08/2006 8:26:44 AM PST by 76834 (There's nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.)
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To: dennisw

Mittens?! I'll show you mittens!

45 posted on 02/08/2006 8:27:05 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: All

The Northern Snakehead, SARS, Bird Flu and Mitten Crab. Is it a coincidence or a subliminal message that there are sneaky and potentially devastating things coming out of China?

46 posted on 02/08/2006 8:27:53 AM PST by edpc
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To: Willie Green
Attack of the Giant Chinese Crab Monsters!!!!!
47 posted on 02/08/2006 8:35:50 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: 76834

The Lunatic Left will figure out some way to make them an endangered species. Anything that's bad for Western Civilization of okay with them.


48 posted on 02/08/2006 8:35:52 AM PST by Savage Beast ("Democrats are rumbling toward the November elections as the American Al Qaeda Party." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: edpc

Don't forget starlings as well.


49 posted on 02/08/2006 8:39:24 AM PST by Grammy
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To: edpc

Some of these critters are being intentionally released by Oriental immigrants. Who should be shot as far as I'm concerned. Read my next post about intentional release of the mitten crab to establish it here


50 posted on 02/08/2006 8:43:53 AM PST by dennisw ("What one man can do another can do" - The Edge)
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