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Invasive Mitten Crabs Might Be Reproducing

The Chinese mitten crab is likely here to stay, according to scientists who plan to broadcast alerts to fishermen up and down the East Coast to be on the lookout for the Asian crustacean.

Four mitten crabs turned up in late May in the Delaware Bay-a sign that they may be reproducing in the region. (In June, one showed up in the Hudson River, above New York City.)

"To me, this suggests that they are more likely to be reproducing here than continuing to be delivered fresh," said Greg Ruiz, the senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD. 

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