Make room calamari, crabs are moving in

GOOD CATCH: Workers pack bags of Jonah crabs for shipment at Rome Packing in East Providence. Jonah crab is fetching about 85 cents per pound, an improvement over 50 cents per pound five years ago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GOOD CATCH: Workers pack bags of Jonah crabs for shipment at Rome Packing in East Providence. Jonah crab is fetching about 85 cents per pound, an improvement over 50 cents per pound five years ago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Calamari may have company. Another ocean-dwelling species, crab, has scuttled into a prominent position in the Rhode Island seafood scene, providing a welcome boost for beleaguered southern New England lobstermen. In particular Jonah crab, a long-ignored species, has increased in abundance and landings in local ports over the past several years, just as American seafood…

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