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February 08, 2006

There's a Silver Lining

...to a problem many northeastern fishermen would love to have:

AN exotic species of crab regarded as a delicacy in its native waters of China and Japan is spreading at an "alarming rate" around Britain's coast and waterways, a university study said today.

The Chinese mitten crab, brought to Britain in the last century in ships' ballast water, could cause "devastating environmental problems" if their rising numbers were not monitored and curbed, Newcastle University researchers said.
The crabs, which can grow as big as dinner plates, prey on protected UK native species such as white-clawed crayfish and salmon eggs.

Hm. What possible solution could there be to this problem.

Eat them?

Look, it's just a suggestion.
Lord knows crab meat is the cheapest low-grade flesh on the market. Why, just the other day I threw away ten pounds of the stuff because we were just sick of it.
But, you know, those clever Brits might have some use for the foul stuff. Grind it up for fertilizer, probably, or maybe there's some medicinal usage for the shells after all that horrible, horrible crabmeat has been disposed of.

It's not like human beings have ever completely decimated a stand of shellfish with only their appetites. Why, we wouldn't even know how.

UPDATE: Avid hunter's home completely surrounded by fat, juicy deer. His lawn and shrubbery uprooted and left for dead. His last words of despair, and recipes, to come in a Very Special later update.

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