Finding tagged crabs is now on the high priority list for people operating in the waters around Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and the Atlantic Lobstermen's Association are tagging the crabs in an effort to learn more about their migratory patterns and growth. Finding and reporting these tagged crabs can come with a hefty reward.
The organizers of the event are asking residents who find the crabs with orange or green tags marked with "AOLA" to call Heidi Henninger at 774-251-9454.
Every time a person reports one of the tagged crabs they will qualify for a raffle entry. Participants are being asked to report the date, location, tag number, crab sex, egg status and whether you kept or released the animal. For crabs that have green tags, you are asked to measure the carapace width in millimeters.
Believe it or not, the prizes for participating in this research event are pretty significant. Rewards will be drawn on July 1, 2017 and are as follows: first place - $500, second place - $300, third place - $200.
The participants that reported the green bands will be additionally entered into a high value cash raffle that will provide the first place winner with $1,000 and the 2nd place contestant with $500.
That is pretty awesome, if you ask me. If I lived in the area, I would be out there chasing crabs without a doubt.