Block Island Times

Green crabs: Bad for the pond, good for the palate

“Eat the invaders” was the theme of the day on Tuesday, July 9. Which invaders? The European green crab. For the Block Island Shellfish Commission, the theme enhances their mission: beat back the predatory crabs that have invaded the Great Salt Pond, disturbing the habitat for other, native shellfish, and that has also, perhaps, hastened the decline in soft-shell clams.
Green crabs have been the subject of several Shellfish Commission meetings over the past months. Member George Davis has taken the lead in researching what can be done to reduce the population. His efforts

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