Photo by Fred Field 20150403

Director Dan Shea and research scientist Bets Brown present the first-place prize to the winner of the green crab mitigation competition Connor O’Neill ’15.

Green crabs are an invasive species wreaking havoc on native species along the Maine coastline. In an effort to help find a solution, the Goldfarb Center hosted a mitigation competition April 3 in which 11 teams presented proposals to a panel of judges. Connor O’Neil ’15, a native of coastal Freeport, Maine and experienced clam digger, was awarded the $1,000 prize for his multifaceted approach to tackling the problem. Also as part of the conference, more than 50 students from area middle schools presented posters and participated in activities about invasive species in Maine.

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