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Nearly 70,000 invasive green crabs were captured in Washington State last fall

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The state of Washington is taking emergency action to fight an infestation of European green crabs, an invasive species that’s had an "exponential increase" in local waterways. Last fall, more than 70,000 crabs were captured and removed from the Lummi Nation's Sea Pond near the Canadian border.

To combat the species' spread, Washington governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency order that includes nearly $9 million in funding, reports Natasha Brennan for the Bellingham Herald. The order directs the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife to implement measures to try to eradicate the crabs, which have taken a foothold in the Lummi Sea Pond and outer coast areas, per the Associated Press.

“The European green crab is a globally-damaging invasive species that, if they become permanently established, will particularly harm endangered species, impact resources that are part of the cultural identity of the tribes and native peoples, and affect small businesses,” Inslee’s office said in a press release.


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