July 31, 2020

Blue crab invasion spells doom for Albanian fishermen

Divjakë (Albania) (AFP) – The blue crab may be pretty but it is a menace along Albania’s coast.A source of daily anguish for Balkan fishermen struggling to make ends meet, the invasive species is upsetting the region’s ecosystems.Native to the Atlantic, the crustacean started emerging in Albania’s Adriatic waters over a decade ago, aided by warming sea temperatures.In the marshy coastal area near the Karavasta Lagoon, the crab clogs nets and weirs, panicking fishermen who say the native marine fauna they rely on for a living are increasingly hard to find. The crab “takes our daily bread and ev…

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