South Coast European Green Crab Control Project

European green crabs (EGC) are recognized as one of the world’s most destructive aquatic invasive species. Initially discovered in British Columbian waters by DFO in 1999, EGC have since proliferated throughout the Pacific Region establishing known site infestations from the Sooke Basin (Southern Pacific Region) to Haida Gwaii (Northern Pacific Region). The aim of the South Coast European Green Crab Control Project (SCEGCCP) is to trap, control and monitor EGCs in an attempt to mitigate and remediate the damage that they pose to shared environmental, economic and cultural resources within the Pacific Region.

Key Statistics

688,000+ Invasive European Green Crabs Removed
30 Community Members Employed Full-Time

European Green Crab Trap

Project Partners

Province of British Columbia LogoAhousaht First NationTla-o-qui-aht First NationT'Sou-ke First Nation

Project Details

This project is delivered in partnership with the Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht and T’Sou-ke First Nations and emerged through conversation with our partners and Government agencies. Together we identified collective needs and developed and implemented a first of its kind large-scale trapping and control plan. We spent several years working with our partners, developing research protocols, living agreements, and individual partner agreements to ensure that every step of this project recognized and uplifted the knowledge, experience, and needs of the participating Nations. 

The founding of this project was largely influenced by the leadership and participation of the four governing First Nations in Clayoquot Sound and Sooke Basin: Ahousaht First Nation, Hesquiaht First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and T’Sou-ke First Nation. Members of each Nation have been involved in developing the trapping plans and have led the field work within their traditional territorial waters. The SC EGC CEP will continue to ensure that field work is carried out in a respectful and professional manner by employing First Nations Field Technicians to continue leading the field work in each region. Goals for this project include the primary and focused protection and restoration of nearshore habitats that are of economic and cultural significance to the local First Nations. Since project implementation, over 600,000 EGC have been trapped and disposed of, with this number expected to increase dramatically as this project expands in staff and geographical reach during the 2023/2024 fiscal year.

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