PORT TOWNSEND — Scientists have called on the public to help monitor shorelines for an invasive species of crab over the summer.

Teams of citizen scientists have searched the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca for European green crabs and so far the results are good.

“So far no green crabs have been found,” said MaryAnn Wagner, spokesperson for Washington Sea Grant, the organization leading the effort.

There are several sites being monitored in Jefferson and Clallam Counties and to date, not one of the crabs has been found in Washington’s waters.

“We want to watch for this invasive species and be ready to address the problem as soon as we find one,” Wagner said. “And hopefully we never will.”

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