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The mud crab continues to spread
Part two of two

October 08, 2007

The mud crab continues to spread<br><small>Part two of two</small>

With funding from Panama's SENACYT and the help of the ACP, Mark Torchin's lab is now evaluating the extent of the crab's distribution within the Canal.

With funding from Panama's Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) and the help of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Mark Torchin's lab is now evaluating the extent of the crab's distribution within the Canal.

Shipping in the Canal is the most likely mechanism of introduction of R. harrisii to Panama, either via hull fouling or release of ballast water.

The Panama Canal is a major center of shipping activity in the Americas, allowing transit of approximately 13 to 14 thousand vessels per year from around the globe.

Given the plans for expanding the capacity of the Canal and the importance of shipping in this region, understanding the role of the Panama Canal in this and other coastal invasions is imperative.

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