Nantucket Green Crab Derby 2021


Nantucket Green Crab Derby 2021
Date
Registration Begins
6/28/2021
Last Day To Register
7/16/2021 11:55 AM
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Help the Maria Mitchell Association and the Nantucket Land Council fight the green crab invasion by participating in the 1st annual Nantucket Green Crab Derby! Participate to help us maintain healthy marine habitats and for a chance to win prizes!

Please read the rules and directions below before participating!

The $10 registration fee is to cover the cost of running the derby and prizes.

Collecting

Only European green crabs (Carcinus Maenas) will be eligible for this derby. Native crab species are not to be collected. Please review our crab identification guide to insure you are collecting the correct species.

Green crabs may be collected in the following 3 ways:

1) With hand nets while wading in the water

2) With hand nets OR by hand while snorkeling

3) With bait & line off a dock, bridge, or boat (we recommend chicken drumsticks as bait)

As per our permit, green crabs may ONLY be collected using the above methods. Commercial equipment (traps, seine net, dredge, etc.) are not permitted.

All crabs collected using the approved methods between 12:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Friday July 16th are eligible to submit for prizes.

Counting

All eligible crabs must be delivered to the Maria Mitchell Aquarium between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM on Friday July 16th to be submitted for prizes. In the interest of fairness, crabs submitted after 4:00 PM are not eligible for prizes - please plan for traffic when planning your afternoon.

When you arrive with your crabs, we will measure the gross weight of your green crabs, collect a crab of your choosing to be submitted for the "largest crab" prize, and collect a crab of your choosing to be submitted for the "best dressed crab" prize.

Prizes

There are 4 chances to win prizes for the derby!

1) The "Grand Prize" will be given to the team who collected the most green crabs by weight.

- 2021 Maria Mitchell Association Family Membership

- 1 signed copy of the Green Crab Cookbook

- $20 credit at the MMA Aquarium Gift Shop

- 4x Free Admissions to the MMA Aquarium

2) The "Largest Crab Prize" will be given to the team that collected the heaviest individual green crab.

- 1 signed copy of the Green Crab Cookbook

- $10 credit at the MMA Aquarium Gift Shop

- 4x Free Admissions to the MMA Aquarium

3) The "Best Dressed Crab Prize" will be given to the team with the crab that has our favorite combination of natural "decorations" on its shell. Please do not attach any items, natural or otherwsie, to the shells of the crabs. We are judging naturally acquired shell embellishments only.

1 signed copy of the Green Crab Cookbook

- $10 credit at the MMA Aquarium Gift Shop

- 4x Free Admissions to the MMA Aquarium

- Your crab will be displayed in the "Human Impacts" tank at the Maria Mitchell Aquarium

4) The "Lucky Crabbers Prize" will be given to a randomly selected derby team that did not win any of the above prizes.

- 1 signed copy of the Green Crab Cookbook

- $10 credit at the MMA Aquarium Gift Shop

- 4x Free Admissions to the MMA Aquarium

All prizes will be announced on Saturday, July 17th. Prize winners will be contacted via the phone number given on the registration. 

Cost
$10.00 per Registration
Cancellation Policy
This registration fee is non-refundable. Thank you for understanding.

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