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Atlantic crab caught in Lake Dąbie

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Atlantic blue crab, which comes from the Atlantic Ocean, was fished out from Lake Dąbie. Unfortunately, despite the good living conditions it was provided, the crab died. It has been frozen and will serve as a biological research material.

Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) has a blue shell, and its Latin name translates as beautiful and tasty. It occurs mainly in the Gulf of Mexico and the western part of the Atlantic Ocean. Last week, it was pulled out of fishing nets at the mouth of Duńczyca (Lake Dąbie), reported Mateusz Lipka from the West Pomeranian University of Technology Promotion Office.

The crab was transported to the Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin on the same day - and despite the good living conditions it was provided, it died and was frozen. It will now serve as a material for further biological research to determine its exact species and where it came from.

"Initial examination shows that it is an Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus). It was probably brought to Szczecin with a ship`s ballast water. The crab is currently at the Fisheries Management and Water Protection Department, where it will be thoroughly studied and then we will be able to say more about it" - explains Natalia Kasowska from the Faculty of Food Sciences and Fisheries, West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, quoted in a release sent to PAP.

Atlantic blue crab is of great economic importance. For more than ten years, catches of this species have remained stable at approx. 70,000 tons per year. 15 percent of the live weight of the crab (its claws) is suitable for consumption. Atlantic blue crab is valued for its very tasty and delicate meat. Industrial crab fishing has been taking place for over a hundred years. The market leader in this regard is the United States.

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