The Green Crab Cookbook

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Since being introduced to the Eastern United States in mid-1800s, the green crab has become one of the most destructive and widely spread invasive species of all time. Invasive green crabs pose a major threat to coastal biodiversity by out-competing local crab species, preying on soft-shell clam and mussel populations, and destroying crucial eelgrass habitats by “slicing” grass while foraging. As temperatures in the Gulf of Maine and Cape Cod waters rise, green crab populations are expected to increase. In an effort to mitigate the green crab's catastrophic invasion, many environmental agencies have poured assets into removal efforts where fishermen are paid to compost crabs. We had a different idea: let's eat them.