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March 7, 2014

Battle plans laid for green crab

Tarr, stakeholders see growing threat to shellfish


Phippen and Novack, meanwhile, are seeking funds through the Massachusetts Bays program to monitor the green crab population in the Great Marsh across Cape Ann and the North Shore.

“Recent data indicates that the green crab population is a threat to this system’s natural resources because it is hyper-abundant, with a catch per unit effort greater than 40 crabs per trap in a 24 hour period,” their report states.

They plan to monitor 12 stations in Essex Bay and another 12 in Plum Island Sound four times a year to better understand the structure of the crab population, which will lead to a well thought out management plan.

Grundstrom was supportive of the Gloucester meeting and the discussion, but said he’s also eager to see the downfall of the green crab’s growing Northeast empire.

“We have studied this thing to absolute death,” he said. “What we need to do now is get it done.”

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-675-2708 or at

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