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Stalin's last army: Hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe -
The Telegraph - UK ^ | February, 2004 | Julius Strauss

Posted on 03/30/2008 12:13:53 PM PDT by UnklGene

Stalin's last army: hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe -

By Julius Strauss in Kirkenes, Northern Norway

Millions of giant Pacific crabs, whose ancestors were brought to Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, are marching south along Norway's coast, devouring everything in their path.

The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet, are proving so resilient that scientists fear they could end up as far south as Gibraltar.

Energised by a mysterious population explosion a decade ago, whole armies of the crustaceans - known as the Kamchatka or Red King Crabs - have already advanced about 400 miles along the roof of Europe, overwhelming the ports of northern Norway.

They now number more than 10 million and have reached the Lofoten Islands off north-west Scandinavia, leaving in their wake what one expert described as "an underwater desert".

In a graphic display of the extent of the crab's submarine domination, some photographs of the ocean floor in Kirkenes in northern Norway show a writhing mass of the ugly, spiny animals.

Northern clams and other shellfish, once so numerous that divers could scoop up handfuls, have been all but eliminated.

Lars Petter Oie, a Norwegian diver who lives nearby, has seen the fjord outside his front door taken over by the crabs.

Plunging through a hole in the ice, another diver surfaced within two minutes with a huge specimen. A snap of its claw is enough to remove a man's finger.

Mr Oie said: "I have been to conferences on the crab and one thing the experts agree on is that they have rarely come across a species that is so adaptable.

"It can survive on almost anything: kelp, dead fish, seaweed and fish eggs. It even eats crushed shells to get the calcium it needs for its shell."

The relentless advance of the crabs has led to calls from some Norwegian marine experts for a government-subsidised "blitz" to try to halt their relentless march south.

Andreas Tveteraas, an analyst in Oslo with the international World Wildlife Fund, said that urgent steps needed to be taken.

"This animal has no natural predators and it's an alien species in the Barents Sea. That's why its numbers are exploding.

"Some scientists say it will stay in the north because it likes the temperature but others think it can go as far south as Gibraltar."

For years the Norwegian government has ignored the underwater advance, undecided whether to treat the crabs as a resource or a pest.

The animal's legs are considered a delicacy and fetch top dollar in Japan and America. Even in Oslo, consumers pay around 200 Norwegian kronor (£15) a pound.

Served with bread, butter, lemon and mayonnaise, the taste and texture of the crab meat is comparable with that of the finest lobster.

One leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal.

At present, some Norwegian fishermen have been granted seasonal licences to catch the Kamchatka crab but stiff regulations on the size of the boat used and other criteria mean they are few in number.

Aasmund Bjordal, of the Department of Marine Resources in the western Norwegian town of Bergen, said: "We're between two policies. One is to get rid of the crabs. The other is to manage it as a fishing resource.

"In the meantime, it's already become an important source of income for some fishermen in the north. The problem is that it may be destroying the fishing stock."

Predicting the crab's long-term effect on the marine ecology is difficult. The Barents Sea provides some of the world's richest fishing grounds and a collapse in stock would be a major disaster.

There is some evidence that the crabs, which often live at great depths, have been eating the eggs of the caplin, a small fish that is a main source of food for cod.

In its native Pacific it faces much sterner competition but has nevertheless edged out other bottom-feeders to reach northern Japan and Vancouver Island.

Transporting the monster crabs to the Barents Sea was originally part of a Stalinist era scheme to provide food for the populations in the north-western Soviet Union.

In the 1990s, for reasons nobody quite understands, the population exploded.

In recognition of the growing threat to the local ecology, Norwegian authorities finally lifted on Jan 1 some of the restrictions on crabbing along part of the shoreline.

As for the fishermen themselves, they are as deeply divided as the government.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: arthropod; brachyura; camtschaticus; crab; crabs; crustacean; cuisine; decapoda; food; gibraltar; gourmet; kingcrab; kingcrabs; malacostraca; norway; paralithodes; pests; pets; pleocyemata; redkingcrab; russia; seafood; soviet; stalin; wwf
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1 posted on 03/30/2008 12:13:56 PM PDT by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene

Pass the clarified butter.


2 posted on 03/30/2008 12:15:28 PM PDT by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: UnklGene

Ship some of them to me, I’ll take care of them one by one. Please also send any extra butter you might have.


3 posted on 03/30/2008 12:16:01 PM PDT by Andyman (The truth shall make you freep.)
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To: UnklGene

I fail to see a problem here


4 posted on 03/30/2008 12:16:05 PM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<||>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Not exaclty your guy’s thing but you might find this interesting....


5 posted on 03/30/2008 12:16:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: UnklGene

6 posted on 03/30/2008 12:17:20 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Vaclav Klaus on global warming skeptics: "A whip of political correctness strangles their voice")
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To: Dane
Gonna' say.

Those divisive Norwegian fishermen should get to work ~

7 posted on 03/30/2008 12:17:57 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: UnklGene
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/835417/posts
8 posted on 03/30/2008 12:19:50 PM PDT by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: UnklGene

Don’t those Eurowenies know what a “Clam Bake” is?

Just round em up, steam em and eat em...what’s so hard about that??????? (Repeat as often as needed)


9 posted on 03/30/2008 12:20:08 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (Vote Obama! And we'll be picking shrapnel out of our butts for decades!)
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To: UnklGene

10 posted on 03/30/2008 12:20:36 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: UnklGene

But can you attack their weak spots for MASSIVE DAMAGE?


11 posted on 03/30/2008 12:21:00 PM PDT by fzx12345 (ACLU DELENDA EST)
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To: UnklGene

Seems to me the problem here is Govt. regulation. If they would just allow unrestricted havesting to satisfy the huge maket demand there would be no problem.


12 posted on 03/30/2008 12:21:10 PM PDT by joebuck (Finitum non capax infinitum!)
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To: UnklGene

We have no choice but to eat them into extinction!

Tough job, but somebodies gotta do it, so I volunteer.


13 posted on 03/30/2008 12:22:19 PM PDT by djf
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To: UnklGene
National Geograhic did this article four years ago, and not so shockingly, most of today's article is a direct ripoff of the one from 4 years ago. Gosh I miss when reporters actually did reporting...
14 posted on 03/30/2008 12:22:22 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: UnklGene

Check the date. This story is four years old. Those crabs have probably eaten all those Norwegian fishermen by now and crossed the Atlantic, ready to invade our coastal waters...

We’re gonna need a bigger crab pot...


15 posted on 03/30/2008 12:23:13 PM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: UnklGene
CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... TASTE LIKE CRAB... TALKS LIKE PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... Crab people were bannished by mankind to live below the Earth's Crust. This event happened a thousand years ago, during the Kindling Wars. Crab People are too weak and too small to fight man on directly, so instead they seek ways to dominate the world. Numerous times they have created TV shows in order to try to change man's nature. Both "The Jeffersons" and "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" are examples of this. CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... Crab People also caused Hurricane Katrina. Although it was totally their fault, when the blame game started, hardly anyone accused them of doing it. More blame was put on President Bush and global warming than on the Crab People. CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... Although, global warming is the fault of the Crab People. CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... Also, it has been said that when someone makes a ridiculous claim, or says a stupid idea, it is time to sing the Crab People theme song. CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... TASTE LIKE CRAB... TALKS LIKE PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... CRAB...PEOPLE... http://www.editthis.info/superdickery/Crab_People
16 posted on 03/30/2008 12:23:29 PM PDT by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: UnklGene

Craaaaaaab peo-ple.

17 posted on 03/30/2008 12:23:41 PM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: Dane; Andyman
Weapon of choice:

and one instance where I support eating the enemy.


18 posted on 03/30/2008 12:25:37 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

“Don’t those Eurowenies know what a “Clam Bake” is?”

Are crustaceans Halal?


19 posted on 03/30/2008 12:27:01 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: UnklGene

Lets see:

1. Biologists don’t want theses crabs in Atlantic water
2. There is a highly profitable market for them
3. If they were hunted to extinction from the Atlantic, it would be a good thing

What’s the problem? Oh here it is:

“At present, some Norwegian fishermen have been granted seasonal licences to catch the Kamchatka crab but stiff regulations on the size of the boat used and other criteria mean they are few in number.”

So the Norwegian government can simply say: catch all you want. No license required.

So why doesn’t it?


20 posted on 03/30/2008 12:30:51 PM PDT by kidd (Hillary lied. The vote is tied.)
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To: dennisw
I fail to see a problem here

That makes two of us.

Red King Crab legs are selling for $23.90 per pound .... on sale.

The red king crab is the most prized species of crab in the world. It is most commonly caught in Bristol Bay and Norton Sound, Alaska, it is particularly difficult to catch. Featured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", Alaska King Crab is one of the most flavorful crab on the market. It is often said to be tastier than lobster . ..... 10lbs King Crab Legs - Super Jumbo ... List Price: $279.99 ... Our Price: $239.99

21 posted on 03/30/2008 12:33:14 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: UnklGene
In the 1990s, for reasons nobody quite understands, the population exploded

The Soviet Union disappeared thereby greatly reducing the amount of pollution being discharged into the Baltic.

Just a guess.

22 posted on 03/30/2008 12:34:47 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Benedict Arnold, the Rosenbergs and Joe Kennedy were all against the Terrorist Surveillance Program)
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To: Polybius

If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em! Deadliest catch was very good... I only saw season one. I would love to eat fresh king crab. What we get here in Florida is frozen ... but even worse it has been salted down for some reason


23 posted on 03/30/2008 12:36:33 PM PDT by dennisw (Never bet on a false prophet! <<<||>>> Never bet on Islam!)
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To: UnklGene
The article says it has no natural enemies, but then says, "The animal's legs are considered a delicacy and fetch top dollar in Japan and America. Served with bread, butter, lemon and mayonnaise, the taste and texture of the crab meat is comparable with that of the finest lobster."

Sounds like we humans are the natural enemy. Yummmmm!!! What's for dinner?

24 posted on 03/30/2008 12:36:35 PM PDT by GBA ( God Bless America!)
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To: BGHater

Oh, yes! Mysterious Island! Great rainy day Sunday movie fare! Hey, pass the giant chicken, too!


25 posted on 03/30/2008 12:37:17 PM PDT by henkster (I'm a typical white guy.)
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To: UnklGene

Wear Them?

26 posted on 03/30/2008 12:44:25 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: UnklGene

Should send the Northwestern up there.

Them boys know how to deal with craps.


27 posted on 03/30/2008 12:49:41 PM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: UnklGene
While the crab fishermen of Alaska have been dealing with quotas and serious limits on the crab harvest, these crabs are overpopulating and no-one sees the obvious answer?

I am more than willing to help out. They are welcome to harvest all they want and quick-freeze and drop ship crab legs to me. Anyone else interested????

28 posted on 03/30/2008 12:51:46 PM PDT by TheBattman (LORD God, please give us a Christian Patriot with a backbone for President in 08, Amen.)
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To: UnklGene
This is what the bottom of the Norwegian waters look like!

Most people love the taste of these monsters. To me its like eating giant cockroaches.


29 posted on 03/30/2008 12:56:19 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: UnklGene

AIEEEEE!!! Not just giant crabs, giant COMMUNIST crabs! Run for your lives!

Sure, the article is four years old — no reason to let our guards down!


30 posted on 03/30/2008 1:00:17 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (May contain traces of tree nuts.)
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To: Dane

The solution is eat more crabs.

This doesn’t seem to be much of a problem.


31 posted on 03/30/2008 1:03:24 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: joebuck; UnklGene
Seems to me the problem here is Govt. regulation. If they would just allow unrestricted havesting to satisfy the huge maket demand there would be no problem.

Thanks for the clarification. I think there's a market solution.

32 posted on 03/30/2008 1:04:47 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: FormerACLUmember

......To me its like eating giant cockroaches.....

We don’t have any giant cockroaches here, but have you tried them steamed with melted butter?


33 posted on 03/30/2008 1:06:36 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Never say never (there'll be a VP you'll like))
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To: UnklGene
The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet, are proving so resilient that scientists fear they could end up as far south as Gibraltar.

Oh My God!

We are all well and truly screwed now.

34 posted on 03/30/2008 1:08:56 PM PDT by humblegunner ()
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To: TheBattman

yum, sale on crab meat.


35 posted on 03/30/2008 1:33:17 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: TheBattman

yum, sale on crab meat.


36 posted on 03/30/2008 1:33:38 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: kidd

“So the Norwegian government can simply say: catch all you want. No license required.”

Your solution makes perfect sense. The fly in the ointment is the word in the first sentence: “government”. Picture the USA with the same problem and all of the agencies, bureaus, administrations and various governmental organizations this would have to be approved by, then all of the whacko special interest groups like Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, etc. not to mention PETA and ELF, who are the constituents of the whacko officials like Pelosi, Waxman, McDermot, Reid and the like, then throw in the unbalanced malcontents like Nader and Gore. It would be easier to reverse the rotation of the earth. Regardless of the cost to wildlife, the economy, the environment and mankind itself, it would never happen.


37 posted on 03/30/2008 1:34:25 PM PDT by Spok (Ignorance is no excuse-it's the real thing.)
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To: kidd
You noticed that “little” bureaucratic problem as well.
38 posted on 03/30/2008 1:36:16 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
To me its like eating giant cockroaches.

Not really.

The giant cockroach meat has a little bit of a musty taste to it. ;-)

39 posted on 03/30/2008 1:37:34 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: UnklGene

Global Warming to blame. Bush’s fault. Women and minority hit hardest...


40 posted on 03/30/2008 1:46:32 PM PDT by piytar
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To: UnklGene

HOT WATER KILLS THESE CRITTERS.


41 posted on 03/30/2008 1:49:10 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: FormerACLUmember

Cockroaches, blagghh. Eating cockroches is like eating leftovers. In fact in our kitchen it’s EXACTLY like eating leftovers.


42 posted on 03/30/2008 1:49:30 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: UnklGene

How about fishing for the damn things and seeing how they do then?

It drives me nuts when they claim an animal humans eat has “no natural predators”.


43 posted on 03/30/2008 1:50:12 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: southernnorthcarolina

RED crabs?


44 posted on 03/30/2008 1:54:01 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est!)
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To: Dane
Pass the clarified butter.

Holy crap Batman!

Dane & Eaker agree on something!

45 posted on 03/30/2008 1:57:07 PM PDT by Eaker (2 Thessalonians 3:10 ... He that will not work, neither should he eat.)
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To: UnklGene

Why are you posting an article from 2004?


46 posted on 03/30/2008 2:00:28 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Dane

You beat me to it! Crab legs for everyone!!!


47 posted on 03/30/2008 2:05:14 PM PDT by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: UnklGene

Send in the boys from Dagerous Catch. They’ll have the majority of that crab on diner tables within a few weeks.


48 posted on 03/30/2008 2:21:42 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: UnklGene

***The animal’s legs are considered a delicacy and fetch top dollar in Japan and America. Even in Oslo, consumers pay around 200 Norwegian kronor (£15) a pound.

Served with bread, butter, lemon and mayonnaise, the taste and texture of the crab meat is comparable with that of the finest lobster.

One leg is enough to provide a grown man with a filling meal. ***

So, what is the problem?


49 posted on 03/30/2008 2:32:21 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Only infidel blood can quench Muslim thirst-- Abdul-Jalil Nazeer al-Karouri)
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To: UnklGene

this is from 2004.


50 posted on 03/30/2008 2:38:22 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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