Friday, April 3, 2015

About the Competition

Green crab (Carcinus maenas) is an invasive species that has the potential to alter the community ecology of Maine’s intertidal and subtidal habitat.  Green crabs threaten the soft-shell clam industry and have the potential to damage the lobster fishing industry.  Sponsored by the Goldfarb Center of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, The Green Crab Mitigation Competition pairs academia and Maine fishing- and aquaculture-related organizations to harness the energy and intellect of undergraduate students to mitigate the problem.

So, what’s the problem with green crabs?

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More problems emerge

The Bangor Daily news reports that a recently released Canadian study shows the crabs carry a parasite detrimental to lobsters, reducing the likelihood of the crabs use as lobster bait.


Entry Details

IMAG0041Entries were due March 9 and are no longer being accepted.

The first prize will be $1,000, followed by a second place prize of $500, and two honorable mentions of $250.

Proposals scoring 90 or more points will be invited to submit a proposal for implementation funding to support moving their plan forward.  Click here for more details.

Competition Day


Barton Seaver

The competition will take place at Colby College on Friday, April 3, 2015. Colby students have submitted their written proposals and on April 3, will pitch their proposals to a panel of judges.  The day will also include other informational events, a talk by National Geographic Fellow and Maine chef Barton Seaver, poster sessions from middle school students, and a green crab tasting.  Read more about the competition day.


Contest co-sponsors include the University of Maine Machias, CEI, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Maine Coastal Program, Maine Sea Grant, and the Island Institute.

More information about the European green crab


Contact Alice Elliott, Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center, for more information about the competition.