Salish Sea-wide molt blitz

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Salish Sea-wide molt blitz

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Celebrate Summer Solstice with a day of molt searching

Washington Sea Grant’s Molt Search program and WSU Extension invite beachgoers to look for crab molts – especially European green crab.

Invasive European green crabs pose a serious risk to our native crab populations and salt marsh inhabitants. Increasing the number of people looking for these potentially harmful crabs will help in identifying new crab populations.

To learn how to be a citizen scientist and take part in this study, you can attend a free Molt Search training. The two hour training teaches participants how to use the Molt Search app and how to identify different crab species. Once trained, all you need is access to a beach and time to collect and identify molts, then load the information into the Molt Search database via your smart phone or computer. It’s fun, easy and takes only 20 minutes to complete a search.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center is hosting two trainings.

  • June 12 at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center’s Aquarium classroom, at Fort Worden State Park, from 4 – 6 pm. Registration is limited to 25 participants. Register here.
  • and June 22 at the Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles, WA, from 10 am – 12 pm. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Register here.

For a list of all upcoming trainings around the Salish Sea go to wsg.washington.edu/crabteam/moltsearch/


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