Report a European Green Crab Sighting
If you believe you have found a European green crab in Washington waters please follow these steps to notify us:
- Reference our webpage on how to identify European green crabs, and distinguish them from native species. There are several native species of similar size and color.
- Take several pictures from different angles and distances to aid in confirming the identification. Be sure to place a common object or indicator of scale in the photo, so we can tell how large the crab is. Pictures are necessary and sufficient for verifying the crab’s identity.
- Leave the crab in place. It is illegal to possess a green crab in the State of Washington without a special permit. But don’t worry, we will follow up quickly if it is a European green crab.
- Email your photos and detailed location information, geographic coordinates if you have them, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you to if we need additional information.