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The Eco-Friendly Guide To Crabbing

The Eco-Friendly Guide To Crabbing

12th August 2010
Crab Scuttles Along The Beach

Crab Scuttles Along
The Beach

There aren't many of us who can't honestly say that as children, summer in Britain meant one thing...crabbing! The endless hours of fun and enjoyment as a result of this traditional family activity would often more than make up for an hour in the car or the fact that your ice-cream would be covered in the sandy-bacon residue that is the side-effect of attempting to lure these cautious crustaceans.

However, in today's more eco-friendly world, even some of our simplest and most cherished traditions seem to be causing a lot more harm than good. What has always been (and will no doubt continue to be) one of our most loved summer activities, needs to be given a little more thought than just dangling a bit of bacon on a string, into the rock-pools that decorate our coast. We are dealing with living creatures after all.

Rockpools Are Often Tidal

Rockpools Are
Often Tidal

Obviously, the best thing to do is to simply watch these carnivorous critters as they scuttle around the rocks and in between small pools, leaving both the crabs and the habitats which support them undisturbed. If however, you have your heart set on bucketing these cautious creatures, then here are few tips on eco-crabbing:

  1. Always ensure that your are quiet and cautious when approaching crabs and the habitats that support them.
  2. Try to cause as little disruption as possible to both the crab and it's habitat, being particularly careful if you are netting in rock-pools.
  3. Don't use meat to lure the crabs as adding food into a natural food chain can disrupt the balance within that eco-system.

  4. Consider All Native Species

    Consider All
    Native Species

  5. If you catch a crab, always ensure that it is either released immediately or put in a large bucket on it's own to observe briefly before releasing it.
  6. Always make sure that after looking at any animal, it is carefully returned to the exact spot where you found it.
So, when you take your net to the beach this summer, try to be mindful of the fact that you are actually entering the world of another species!