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Lobster threatens environmental balance in freshwater in Germany

"It is particularly dangerous here because of its ability to walk on the ground and enter smaller water areas of importance to amphibians," Martens said.


Devdiscourse News Desk 11 Aug 2018, 01:43 PM Germany
  • "You will not find anything then, you will not find water plants, nothing, you will only find turbid water," Martens said. (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Lobsters are breeding fast and poses a threat to freshwater life in Germany, a marine expert said. The habitat of the lobster is back in Europe and it is not yet clear how they arrived in Germany.

The lobster arrived in Germany 25 years ago and has since spread extensively in several areas, including the Upper Rhine, said Professor Andreas Martens, president of the Institute of Biology at the University of Karlsruhe.

"It is particularly dangerous here because of its ability to walk on the ground and enter smaller water areas of importance to amphibians," Martens said.

"As soon as he enters the pools of water multiply rapidly and when this great proliferation is achieved, there is nothing else in the water but this object."

For nearly two years, lobsters have been damaging the ecosystem in a watercourse in the city of Rheinstatten in southwestern Germany. The German expert said that his numbers are increasing there and expected a greater spread next year.

"You will not find anything then, you will not find water plants, nothing, you will only find turbid water," Martens said.

Martins said he and his colleagues were trying to solve the problem by putting tree trunks in the bottom of the water so that locusts could not cross it while parliamentarians could pass.

"The most important thing is that we need to get the female out of the water so that we will not be able to reproduce next year."


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