"If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em!"
This was the mantra in practice at last week's Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association's annual meeting, titled "Green Crabs Wreak Havoc," as members and guests wove their way through interactive displays and sampled homemade and commercially-prepared versions of the European green crab.
The event featured a keynote by Dr. Brian Beal, Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Maine at Machias, and brought together 91 attendees including students, community members, chapter members, and other stakeholders to discuss the ecological and commercial impacts of the European green crab on the local soft-shell clam population.
Outgoing President, Carol Steingart, was the visionary for this event. Her interest in the spread of these invasives convinced the Board of the need to bring together local scientists, educators and community members to share stories, dispel myths, spark discussions, and learn from our local experts. As a result, rich discussions around biology, ecology, commerce, and cultural history ensued. To learn more about Carol's adventures in crab cuisine, check out the additional local coverage from the Portland Press Herald here >
- Kate Leavitt, GOMMEA president