BOLO for Chinese Mitten Crabs

Green crabs have been getting a lot of press lately, but there's another crab invader on the East Coast to Be On the Look Out (BOLO) for. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center wants your observations of Chinese mitten crabs.

Want to help monitor for the Chinese mitten crab? Here's what you can do:

    • Head out in the field (marine, brackish, or fresh water) with your ID card
    • Make your FOUND or NOT FOUND claim and collect your evidence
    • If you think you FOUND one, collect it, and freeze it
    • Post your FOUND or NOT FOUND data to Vital Signs
    • For FOUND and CONFIRMED observations, submit your data and sample to the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

So far this species hasn't been found in Maine, but Vital Signsers have been posting critical NOT FOUND observations since 2010. Let's keep collecting data.

BOLO for a new Chinese mitten crab Field Mission on the Field Mission page.