Hunt for green crab winding down for winter

In the coming week resource managers on the Dungeness Spit look to wrap up their season’s hunt for the invasive European green crab.

The crabs were discovered last April on Graveyard Spit north of Dungeness Landing, and now total 93 green crabs — 54 males and 39 females — as of Sept. 21.

Lorenz Sollmann, deputy project leader at the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, said because of high tides this week, staff and volunteers will set traps Oct. 2-6 before determining whether or not they’ll stop for the season and pick up again in April 2018.  Click on the following sentence to access the full story.

Dr. Emily Grason, Crab Team project coordinator through Washington Sea Grant, said research in Willapa Bay by Long Beach in the late 1990s and early 2000s showed green crab don’t come to traps in the same numbers in the winters as the summer.


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