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European Crab Threaten Coos Bay Estuary Study Says
The invasive European Green Crab population is continuing to grow and threatened coast species and habitat. According to a report by the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve south of Charleston, 77 percent of crab caught at trap sites including the Coos estuary were European Green Crabs. Researchers say the crab has been linked to declines in eelgrass which provide essential habitat and food sources for marine and estuary organisms. They may also reduce Dungeness crab populations by eating juvenile crab. Green Crabs are also impacting clam oyster and mussel populations. ODFW is asking people who catch Green Crabs to take them to the Charleston or nearest ODFW office.