Cooking with green crabs on Revere Beach raises awareness of a destructive but tasty invasive species

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On Thursday, August 18, three local chefs traveled to Revere Beach to showcase their culinary creations using European green crabs, an invasive species now commonly found in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Greencrab.org has partnered with Eating the Ecosystem to show how to cook green crabs and raise awareness of the damage this invasive species has caused to the ecosystem. This event was made possible through a grant from the Save the Harbour/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches Program partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

“It’s a fun and delicious way to connect people to the harbor and raise awareness of the impact green crabs have on our ecosystem,” said Chris Mancini, executive director of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “It also brings free food to environmental justice communities and helps demystify cooking with this unusual, yet abundant and affordable species. Thanks to Greencrab.org for cultivating this dining experience and bringing the community together on America’s first public beach.

Chef Youji Iwakura has created seafood ramen, using green crabs to make a rich seafood broth combined with shrimp, vegetables and ramen noodles. Jamaica’s Mi Hungry chef Ernie Campbell showed how to cook green crab curry with rice and beans. Chef Andrew McQuesten made pressed rice with green crab, green crab roe and corn relish. It was each chef’s first time cooking with green crabs, and attendees tasted each dish while learning about the history and impact of green crabs in our ecosystem. The organization has provided green crab information in multiple languages ​​and green crab coloring books to engage people of all ages who may speak a language other than English as their primary language. You can find green crab recipes at https://www.greencrab.org/recipes.

“I want to thank Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for sponsoring the Cooking with Green Crabs event, on Revere Beach last week,” said Rep. Jessica Giannino. “I am so proud that events like this are taking place in the district to raise awareness of a range of environmental issues, like how we creatively deal with invasive species. Environmental justice and coastal communities, like Revere, must be able to use all the resources at their disposal, and raising awareness with events like this is a major first step.

“Green crabs cause a lot of problems for local ecosystems and fisheries, but they are also delicious. Our organization aims to “solve the problem” and develop culinary markets for a species that is largely underutilized in the United States,” said Mary Parks, founder and director of Greencrab.org. “Our goal for this event was to get community members excited about the many ways to cook with green crab and to provide free resources and recipes in multiple languages ​​so more people can learn about this crab. underutilized resource. We were thrilled to partner with Eating with the Ecosystem for this event, given their focus on local and underutilized seafood and our biggest thanks to the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s Better Beaches program for making this event possible.

Free beach events like this wouldn’t be possible without their program partners and sponsors, including Arctic Chill and Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, FMC Ice Sports, said Save the Harbor/Save the Bays Director of Development Patricia Salic. , P&G Gillette, National Grid, Coast Cannabis, Daily Catch, Comcast, Mix 104.1, iZotope, Inc, The Blue Sky Collaborative, Boston & Maine Webcams, BostonHarbor.com, The Boston Foundation and The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

In addition, Save the Harbor recognized the co-chairs of the Metropolitan Beach Commission, Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, and Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston and legislative and community members of the Commission as well as Senate Speaker Karen Spilka. and Speaker of the House Ron Mariano for their support for their beaches and communities. Save the Harbor also thanked the Baker-Polito administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, Save the Harbor partners within the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and hundreds of people who participated in the Shamrock Splash for their support.

A copy of this release and a calendar of Better Beaches events are available in over 100 languages ​​on the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Sea, Sand & Sky blog at http://blog.savetheharbor.org

Learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the great work they are doing to restore, protect, and share Boston Harbor, the waterfront, islands, and area public beaches with all Bostonians. and area residents, visit their website at www. savetheharbor.org and follow @savetheharbor on social media.

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