Monday, August 07, 2006

Maryland Crab Cakes

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that a Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) has been found in the Patapsco River in Maryland. A crabber discovered the non-native species this past June when checking his pots for crabs. This is the first record for the Chinese mitten crab in Maryland or anywhere in the Chesapeake region - they've been on the west coast of the U.S. for a while now.

Update:As an anonymous ISW reader points out in the comments below, a second Chinese mitten crab has been found from the same river, from a catch over one year ago. Kudos to the volunteer park ranger who heard the alert that went out and realized he had one of the crabs in his freezer.


Anonymous said...

A second mitten crab from the Chesapeake Bay, caught a year or more ago, was hiding in someone's freezer.

Anonymous said...

Chinese mitten crab is extinct? I did not about this.