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Potential invasive crab found in Md. - Chinese mitten crab
AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/06 | AP

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: chesapeakebay; crab; environment; frankenfish; invasive; maryland; mittencrab; potential; tothechatroomwithyou

1 posted on 08/04/2006 9:18:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Smithsonian mitten crab page:
http://www.serc.si.edu/labs/marine_invasions/news/mitten_crab.jsp


2 posted on 08/04/2006 9:18:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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3 posted on 08/04/2006 9:21:32 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: NormsRevenge
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 crab is a delicacy in China[.]

I think this problem is going to take care of itself.

4 posted on 08/04/2006 9:30:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The important thing is: Do they taste good?


5 posted on 08/04/2006 9:30:51 PM PDT by Fairview
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To: NormsRevenge

So help me out ... cocktail sauce, tartar sauce or drawn butter?


6 posted on 08/04/2006 9:31:54 PM PDT by Nomorjer Kinov (If the opposite of "pro" is "con" , what is the opposite of progress?)
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BBQ'd
7 posted on 08/04/2006 9:50:53 PM PDT by ThomasPaine2000 (Peace without freedom is tyranny.)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov
...cocktail sauce, tartar sauce or drawn butter?

I'd try Nair first.

8 posted on 08/04/2006 10:05:50 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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9 posted on 08/04/2006 10:14:01 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: NormsRevenge
Commie Crab invasion.


11 posted on 08/04/2006 10:19:19 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: NormsRevenge

I think a few pots of boiling water should solve the problem.


12 posted on 08/04/2006 10:19:47 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Nomorjer Kinov

butter


13 posted on 08/04/2006 10:26:33 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (Good people sleep peaceably only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf)
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To: NormsRevenge

It's amazing what an alert person can find in a pair of shorts downtown these days!


14 posted on 08/04/2006 10:43:19 PM PDT by 308MBR ( "She pulled up her petticoat, and I pulled out for Tulsa!" Abstinence training from Bob Wills.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm so ronery!


15 posted on 08/04/2006 10:43:30 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Paleo Conservative

" I think a few pots of boiling water should solve the problem. " .. and some ( OLD BAY ) spice also.


16 posted on 08/04/2006 11:47:11 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: Nomorjer Kinov
steam it with Old Bay seasoning, like the native blue crabs in the Chesapeake
17 posted on 08/04/2006 11:54:20 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"The crab is a delicacy in China, prized for aphrodisiac qualities "

Asymmetric warfare.

yitbos

18 posted on 08/05/2006 1:31:38 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds. " - Ayn Rand)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hell!...why not? everyone else is invading us especially that hard to catch Mexicus Wetbackus.....


19 posted on 08/05/2006 4:06:25 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge

oh, swell. Chinese illegal aliens wearing mittens.


20 posted on 08/05/2006 4:08:02 AM PDT by hershey
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To: hershey

Illegal crabs and people everywhere..Can't the government do anything?


21 posted on 08/05/2006 4:30:19 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Fairview

> The important thing is: Do they taste good?

My first thought, too.


22 posted on 08/05/2006 6:14:08 PM PDT by jim_trent
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