It’s not native to Connecticut, but it’s certainly settled in nicely along the shoreline.
In fact, the Asian Shore Crab is on the move and spreading up and down the east coast.
The invasive species arrived in New Jersey in a ship’s ballast water in the 80’s, and by ’94 it was in the Long Island Sound.
The crab, nicknamed “The Bully Of The Beach,” is pushing out other species of crab.
Scientists at Clinton’s Cedar Island Marina Research Lab are hoping to learn how to contain the Asian Shore Crab…it’s highly adaptable and is moving in on other habitats.
“The Asian Shore Crab was taking over the homes of Fiddler Crabs and Purple Marsh Crabs, so a marsh is, the salinity level is much lower,” Beth Patrizzi, the lab director, said. “It’s just showing more of their tolerance range.”
Marine scientists said another Asian invasive species, the Chinese Mitten Crab, is already in American waters and could soon come to Connecticut.