Mitten crab recording

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such an unwelcome arrival. The full extent of these exotic pests in English and Welsh waters is currently unclear and a consortium of research institutes is requesting mitten crab sightings from members of the public, anglers and waterway workers, to clarify the distribution of this species.

Project parnters include:

The Natural History Museum

Royal Holloway - University of London

Countryside Council for Wales

Newcastle University

The Marine Biological Association

Welsh Government

Tyne Rivers Trust

Environment Agency

Fishmongers Company

GB non-native species secretariat

http://mittencrabs.org.uk

The Natural History Museum Royal Holloway - University of London Countryside Council for Wales Newcastle University The Marine Biological Association Welsh Government Tyne Rivers Trust Environment Agency Fishmongers Company GB non-native species secretariat
Author:
Jon Parr