You may have already heard about the deadly male Asian Paddle Crab invading our South Australian shores.
But what are we going to do about it? Do we have the necessary security in place to avoid the spread of disease to our native wildlife? How do we protect our Blue Swimmer Crabs from this pest?
Don't worry, I have a few solutions up my sleeve.
Firstly, we need tighter border control. Specifically checking every single crab for ID from Port Lincoln to Corny Point. Every single crab going in and out of the Spencer Gulf must have the proper paperwork. Gone are the days when we had free and open borders. Going forward it should be mandatory to get their DID - Decapod Identification.
Secondly, we need to beef up our protection. Just like how it takes a criminal to know a criminal, it takes a pest to take care of a pest. Not in a motherly way either, these new pests will take care of the invader crabs so well they'll be sleeping with the fishes. But, you know, not in the good way. What I'm trying to say is the crabs will die. They'll be full on crab fights everywhere, and local councils can charge entry. It's a win-win.
Thirdly, drones. The age old adage is drones make every situation better. Every single one. So drones will definitely help here. How? I'm not sure, just trust the saying and everything will be fine.
There you go, problem solved. I don't know what everyone was complaining about in the first place.
On a slightly serious note these crabs are an incredible pest and can damage both natural habitats and wildlife. If you see one of the offending Asian Paddle Crabs, or would like to know more, you can report a sighting of a suspected Asian Paddle Crab, report to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522 or email [email protected].