Green Crab Surveys
Fast Facts: What are Green Crab Surveys?
Volunteers are needed to search the coast for green crabs (Carcinas maenas) to contribute to a study evaluating the potential for a commercial fishery to help control this nonnative species. Green crabs are edible, but because they are smaller than other popular crabs, they are not commonly harvested for food. To this end, NH Sea Grant is researching when green crabs molt to explore the feasibility of a soft-shell crab market (similar to blue crabs). Green crab surveys are conducted as part of NH Sea Grant's NH Green Crab Project.
What do Green Crab Survey volunteers do?
Upcoming Opportunities: Join a Green Crab Survey!
Our monthly Great Green Crab Hunts have come to an end for 2018. To learn about new green crab survey opportunities as they go on the calendar, sign up for our newsletter!
There may also be opportunities for more in-depth volunteer experiences, including trapping green crabs and helping to process green crabs at Jackson Estuarine Laboratory. If you're interested in these additional volunteer opportunities, contact Sea Grant's Dr. Gabby Bradt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.862.2033.
Learn More: Links, resources, and partner organizations
Want to learn more? Visit the NH Green Crab Project website, check out this green crab field guide, or learn a little more about green crabs in the Gulf of Maine.
Online data submission form - submit your green crab sightings here!
Paper version of data sheet - don't want to use the app? Use this in the field, then come home and enter your sightings online
Green crab identification guide