Green Crabs Arrive in Neah Bay – Hundreds Caught

The European green crab, an invasive species that first appeared in the Sequim area in April of 2017, has arrived in Neah Bay.  And efforts are underway to trap them.

Adrianne Akmajian, marine ecologist with Makah Fisheries Management in Neah Bay, tells the Peninsula Daily that staffers and volunteers have caught 392 green crab as of Tuesday.

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That’s four-times the number found on the Dungeness Spit last year.

Up to 100 traps a week are being set in rivers and on nearshore of Neah Bay

Akmajian said the Neah Bay crab range from 17½ millimeters to 84 millimeters and could pose a threat to native species.

Intense trapping efforts began after someone identified the green crab in Neah Bay and notified Washington Sea Grant.

To volunteer with the Makah Tribe’s green crabbing effort, email marine.ecologist@makah.com