MDC: Blue crab surprises researchers during Mississippi River fish sampling

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Conservation officials suspect the crab was either dumped or hitched a ride from further south.



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – A blue crab recently surprised resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) during fish sampling on the Mississippi River. The fish sampling was part of a statewide paddlefish research project which is checking the quality of sport fish in Missouri's large rivers, tributaries and lakes. The researchers are looking for quality, self-sustaining wild populations of paddlefish to ensure harvest opportunities for both sport and commercial fishing.
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