Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA), in partnership with the Nantucket Land Council (NLC), is excited to announce the first annual Nantucket Green Crab Week. Between August 10 and August 15, 2020, participate in fun daily events to learn about and take action against invasive European green crabs on Nantucket.
European green crabs were first introduced to North America in the 1800s, likely traveling in ballast water of merchant ships from Europe. This invasive species is now abundant on Nantucket, threatening crucial aquatic resources, including eelgrass beds, shellfish populations, and native crab communities here on the island.
Join the MMA and NLC for a full schedule of activities and talks designed to generate awareness regarding Nantucket’s green crab population. During the week, learn more about the threat this invasive species presents through educational videos and a live lecture with Greencrab.org’s Science Communications Advisor, Jimmy Elliott. Participate in green crab research by studying and mapping green crab populations for a new Citizen Science survey, and learn how to collect and use green crabs in a variety of ways, including cooking them for delicious meals! As part of the NLC’s summer Clean Water Topics On Tap webinar series, join Mary Parks, author of The Green Crab Cookbook for a live Zoom cooking demonstration. Other events include a live question and answer session, green crab composting instruction presented by the NLC, and more.
Visit the Maria Mitchell Association Green Crab webpage at https://www.mariamitchell.org/get-involved/green-crabs to view the full Nantucket Green Crab Week schedule, watch videos, register for Zoom events, and learn more about this invasive species.
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Together as a community, it is possible to help prevent green crabs from destroying the natural resources that make Nantucket’s waters so special!
The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.
Nantucket Land Council is a 501 (c) 3 environmental advocacy organization – protecting and preserving open space, harbor, pond, and groundwater, and advocating for the environment at Select Board, Planning Board, and Conservation Commission meetings. The Nantucket Land Council also hosts the State of the Harbor Forum each year and Oysterfest each November to educate residents on the state of our water resources, and what we can all do to help maintain this critical resource. For more information on the Nantucket Land Council’s environmental work and initiatives, please visit https://www.nantucketlandcouncil.org.