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CBP Officers Seize 135 Chinese Mitten Crabs in Indianapolis

Release Date: 
September 18, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers assigned at Port of Indianapolis seized 135 Chinese Mitten Crabs.

seized Chinese Mitten Crabs
CBP Officers seized 135 Chinese Mitten
Crabs. It is illegal to import, transport, or
possess live Chinese Mitten Crabs in the U.S.

The Chinese Mitten Crab, also known as the Shanghai hairy crab, is a medium-sized burrowing crab that is named for its furry claws, which resemble mittens. This injurious species has spread rapidly from Asia (China and Korea) to North America and Europe, raising concerns that it competes with local species, and its burrowing nature damages embankments and clogs drainage systems.

It is illegal to import, transport, or possess live Chinese Mitten Crabs in the United States, as accidental release or escape risks spreading these crabs to uninfested waters. In addition, some states may have their own restrictions on possession of mitten crabs.

“This is an excellent seizure that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the CBP mission and protecting the public by seizing narcotics, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws,” said Tim Hubbard, Chief CBP Officer. “Our officers are expertly trained, and they utilized that training to inspect shipments enforcing the laws and regulations for 50 federal agencies.”

CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the U.S.

Last modified: 
September 19, 2018