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FREE | Invasive European Green Crab / Molt Search Training

June 25 @ 12:30 pm 1:00 pm

Sound Water Stewards 501(c)(3)  invites the public to assist in WSU Extension and Washington Sea Grant’s “Molt Search” program, a citizen science initiative to combat the growing concerns about the invasive European green crab.

The European green crab is considered to be one of the world’s worst invasive species and it threatens the overall health of Washington’s marine waters. 

Only a small fraction of the suitable nearshore habitat for this animal can be monitored by Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team and the WDFW-led coalition of tribal co-managers and partners. The Molt Search program enables the public to help protect local marine waters by monitoring shorelines throughout the Salish Sea.  Interested community members are invited to learn how to conduct a timed survey for crab molts and to report their findings using a mobile app. 

Beach Training

  • On-beach “trainings” & refreshers open to newly & previously trained Molt Searchers. A nice follow-up to the Virtual trainings 
  • Sound Water Stewards will be hosting A MOLT SEARCH WORKSHOP beach training ON June 25 AT 12:30 pm at Keystone Jetty, Coupeville, WA. Followed by a beach clean-up!
  • *Must have taken online training in either 2024, or 2023.
  • Materials will be provided. You can download the ID and Protocol Guides here.

Virtual Training

Have you already taken a Green Crab/Molt training? Help us get as many Molt surveys entered by August 20th!

For more information about the upcoming training workshops contact Tabitha at 425.540.7710 or email Whidbey-coord@soundwaterstewards.org

RSVP for the June 25th Beach Training Below

Attending Beach Portion on 6/25?(required)

Previous training dates and opportunities below:
1. 6/18 Zoom: June 18th ( Zoom recorded by Washington State University and WA Sea Grant)

2. 6/20 Bio-Blitz: Help create the state’s largest dataset on molts by submitting a Molt Search report on next week’s Summer Solstice.

Want company? Join a gathering near you on 6/20! (See map for full Molt Blitz event details)

Additional references: Jonathan Robinson, WSU Extension, Program Coordinator, jonathan.w.robinson@wsu.edu

Cheryl Lovato Niles, WSU Extension, Water Resources Educator clniles@wsu.edu, 360-778-5812

Molt Search Training