With thousands of miles of shoreline, looking for very small populations of potentially founding individual crabs takes a massive collaboration.
At the core of this work is a dedicated crew of 200 community science volunteers - the Washington Sea Grant Crab Team early detection network.
What are community science volunteers able to contribute that no other group can? What are the unanticipated benefits gained by working with volunteers?
Along with providing the freshest updates on what is known about European green crab in the Salish Sea, we'll provide our thoughts on these questions and highlight the valuable role of community science in protecting the Salish Sea.