A discovery last week shows that another invasive aquatic species is continuing to take hold along the Maine coast, a development that could spell trouble for some native species on which fishermen depend.
According to officials at Acadia National Park, a molted shell of an Asian shore crab was found along the shore near Schoodic Point on Sept. 19. A middle school student found the discarded shell while participating in a Schoodic Education Adventure program at the Schoodic Institute, a research and education facility located at a former Navy base on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay.
“This is believed to be among the first confirmed reports of the opportunistic omnivore within Acadia National Park,” park officials said. “A molted shell means the animal that made it was likely still alive, scuttling around the area somewhere.”
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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