Maine Green Crab Summit

Maine Green Crab Summit logoWells Conference Center
University of Maine
Orono, Maine
16 December 2013 9:00am – 5:00pm

The purpose of this one-day conference was to exchange information about green crabs and their impacts on Maine’s coastal and marine resources, learn about different approaches for green crab control, and discuss future directions for management and research.


Brian Beal presentation

Brian Beal
Green Crabs: Ecology, and Their Effects on Soft-shell Clams

Dan Belknap presentation

Dan Belknap
Invasive European Green Crab Impacts on Salt Marshes in Maine

April Blakeslee presentation

April Blakeslee
Northwest Atlantic population structure and gene flow in the Green Crab

Bailey Bowden presentation

Bailey Bowden
Effects of Green Crab Predation

Chad Coffin presentation

Chad Coffin
Modernizing Maine’s Municipal Shellfish Programs

Dan Devereaux presentation

Dan Devereaux
Adaptation to Changing Coastal Environments

Beth Fulton presentation

Beth Fulton
Analysis of whole green crab protein and its suitability for finfish feeds

Kohl Kanwit presentation

Kohl Kanwit
Green Crab Trapping Survey

Chris McCarthy presentation

Chris McCarthy
Estuary Therapy Advances in Coastal Restoration at Kejimkujik National Park Seaside

Cynthia McKenzie presentation

Cynthia McKenzie
Green Crab Mitigation in Newfoundland: Lessons learned from a stewardship

Hilary Neckles Presentation

Hilary Neckles
Loss of Eelgrass Associated with Green Crabs in Maquoit Bay, Maine

Denise Skonberg presentation

Denise Skonberg
Green Crab Processing and Value Added Product Development
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Final Agenda:

Introductory Addresses


Dr. Brian Beal, University of Maine, Machias, ME – “Ecology and Status of the European Green Crab in Maine”


Chris McCarthy, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada  – “Case Study From Kejimkujik National Park – Seaside”


Dr. April Blakeslee, Long Island University, Brookville, NY – “Northwest Atlantic Population Structure and Gene Flow in the European Green Crab: Current Understanding of a Dynamic Invasion Front, Population Admixture, and Continued Anthropogenic Expansion.”



Distribution, Abundance, and Impacts of Green Crabs in Maine


Kohl Kanwit, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Boothbay Harbor, ME – “2013 Maine Coast-wide Trapping Study”


Abden Simmons, Waldoboro Shellfish Commission – “Industry Perspective”


Bailey Bowden – Penobscot Shellfish Conservation Committee, Penobscot, ME – “Effects of Green Crab Infestation”


Dr. Dan Belknap, University of Maine, Orono, ME – “Invasive Green Crab Impacts on Low Salt Marsh in Maine – Sudden Increase in Erosion Potential”


Dr. Hilary Neckles, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Augusta, ME – “Loss of Eelgrass Associated with Green Crabs in Maquoit Bay”


Panel Discussion



Uses of Green Crabs


Dr. Denise Skonberg, University of Maine, Orono, ME – “Commercialization of the Green Crab”


Beth Fulton, University of Maine, Orono, ME – “Analysis of Whole Green Crab Protein and Its Suitability for Finfish Feeds”


Ron HowseTidalwater Seafood Company, Fredericton, NB – “Commercial Opportunities for Use of Green Crabs for Human Consumption for Various Markets”


Rachel Huntley, Atlantic Shellfish, Harrington, ME – “2013 Trap Fishery for Green Crabs”


John der Kinderen, WNWN LLC, Arundel, ME – “Green Crabs for Aquafeed



Control and Management


Dr. Cynthia McKenzie, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Newfoundland, CA – “Green Crab Mitigation in Newfoundland: Lessons Learned From a Stewardship Harvest”


Chad Coffin, President, Maine Clammer’s Association, Freeport, ME – “Modernizing Maine’s Municipal Shellfish Programs”


Dan Devereaux, Brunswick, ME – “Municipal Management Adaptation to Changing Coastal Environments”


Patrick Keliher, Commissioner, Dept. of Marine Resources, Augusta, ME – Closing Remarks


Wrap up and next steps


Planning Committee:

Linda Mercer, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Kohl Kanwit, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Paul Anderson, Maine Sea Grant
Anne Langston, UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute
Hilary Neckles, US Geologic Survey
Brian Beal, UMaine Machias
Chad Coffin, Freeport
Dan Devereaux, Brunswick
Sara Randall, Freeport
Kathleen Leyden, Maine Coastal Program
Emily Norton, Maine Coastal Program



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