Skip to comments.Potential invasive crab found in Md. - Chinese mitten crab
Posted on 08/04/2006 9:18:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A crab species from China has been discovered in the Patapsco River, state authorities said Friday, prompting fears about the potentially invasive species' presence in the Chesapeake Bay.
The crab, a mature male Chinese mitten crab, was collected at the mouth of the Patapsco several weeks ago by a commercial waterman using fishing crab pots. The species, scientific name Eriocheir sinensis, is considered a potentially invasive species, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday.
"This is the first confirmed recorded case for the Chesapeake Bay," Lynn Fegley, a DNR fisheries biologist said in a statement. "Only a single animal has been captured in the Chesapeake Bay, and at this point it appears to be an isolated occurrence. As with all invasive species, DNR and its partners are carefully monitoring the situation."
Chinese mitten crabs can live in both freshwater and saltwater. A prolific invader, mitten crabs play havoc with shore-based fisheries by overwhelming nets. They also dig tunnels deep into fragile riverbanks, accelerating erosion. The crab is a delicacy in China, prized for aphrodisiac qualities of the female crab's ovaries.
Named for the dense patch of dark hair on some of the crabs' claws, mitten crabs live most of their lives in fresh water but breed in salt water. The crab is listed under the Federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to import or export the species without a permit.
Maryland officials will investigate the crab's appearance, along with federal wildlife authorities.
Gregory Ruiz, a marine invasive species specialist with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, said there are 150 nonnative species living in the bay and its tributaries.
Authorities alerted commercial crabbers and researchers to look for the Chinese crab. They were asked to photograph any Chinese mitten crabs, note the location, and report the find to DNR.
The Chinese mitten crab already found has been given to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, where biologists will try to identify where it came from. It will be preserved and entered into the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
Smithsonian researchers said the crab may have come as a seafood import or from commercial shipping near Baltimore Harbor.
Smithsonian mitten crab page:
The crab is a delicacy in China[.]
I think this problem is going to take care of itself.
The important thing is: Do they taste good?
So help me out ... cocktail sauce, tartar sauce or drawn butter?
I'd try Nair first.
I think a few pots of boiling water should solve the problem.
It's amazing what an alert person can find in a pair of shorts downtown these days!
I'm so ronery!
" I think a few pots of boiling water should solve the problem. " .. and some ( OLD BAY ) spice also.
Hell!...why not? everyone else is invading us especially that hard to catch Mexicus Wetbackus.....
oh, swell. Chinese illegal aliens wearing mittens.
Illegal crabs and people everywhere..Can't the government do anything?
> The important thing is: Do they taste good?
My first thought, too.