Southeast Alaskans called to monitor for invasive green crab


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Petersburg's Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory program agent Sunny Rice teaches Kinder Skog kids how to identify green crab, an invasive species working its way north along the Pacific Coast, threatening native species and their habitats.

Metlakatla Indian Community Mayor Albert Smith wants everyone to spread the word-the invasive European green crab has arrived on the shores of Annette Island and their arrival spells trouble.

Southeast Alaska's abundant estuaries and tidal salt marshes are ideal for the predatory and destructive little crabs to become established, as they have along much of the Pacific Northwest's coast.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the number of green crabs caught in the Puget Sound and along Washington's coast increased 5,500% between 2019 and 2021. Farther north on We...

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