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Old 05-20-2009, 06:31 PM   #1
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Default AK- Invasive, dangerous sea creatures heads north

Invasive, dangerous sea creatures heads north
Dimitra Lavrakas
May 14, 2009 at 9:34AM AKST

The Tundra Drums - Invasive, dangerous sea creatures heads north
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European green crabs are being targeted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency as a dangerous invasive species that could profoundly affect Alaska fisheries.

In the next couple of weeks, Gary Freitag of Ketchikan flies to Shelter Cover on Dall Island on Southeast’s outer coastline to set small crab traps. It is here that he believes the crabs will first take up residence in Alaska.

“Trained monitors set small crab traps during low tides and check after 24 hours have passed,” said Linda Shaw, invasive species expert with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau, in a news release. “Most start in May and trap through into September. But in Ketchikan, Gary Freitag is also trapping in the winter.”
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