The purpose of this study was to find out whether climate change has had an impact on the rapid growth of the green crab population in the Maine coastal region. This one way that we are directly affecting this subject and possibly a way to stop or slow the growth. We went to and placed a crab trap at three different locations, Todd’s Landing, Reid State Park, and Fort Popham, over a few days, in several years. The catch and release method was used, and data was collected on population, under-claw color, and whether the crab had been caught and marked before. We found that the population has grown by a lot over the past few years, which confirms the trend. We also found that the crabs partially die out in the winter and thrive in the summer. With data from other sources, I can confirm that the average temperature has been going up everywhere, and one of the fastest places is in the Maine coastal region. Combining this data can prove that climate change has been having an impact on the growing crab population.
"Effects of Climate Change on Green Crab Population in Maine Coast,"
Findings from the Field: Vol. 1, Article 5.
Available at: https://findings.gmri.org/journal/vol1/iss1/5