Green Crab Parasite Poses Threat to Lobsters

Lobsterman. Photo: New England Boating, Eric Brust
Photo: New England Boating, Eric Brust

The Bangor Daily News reports that a study by a pair of Canadian scientists indicates that a parasite called profilicollis botulus has been found in lobsters baited with green crabs. The scientists did not find any trace of the parasite in lobsters trapped with other types of bait.

According to the BDN article, which got its information from Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the parasite does not pose a threat to humans, nor does it affect the taste of lobster meat. However, it does make the infected lobsters more susceptible to predation and results in higher mortality rates among lobsters held in pounds.

Read more about the study showing that lobsters baited with green crabs may risk infection from a harmful parasite.