SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea National Park Service’s efforts to restore the mudflats of a national park in Southern Korea have been met with signs of success after two crabs classified as endangered were found to have migrated there.
The mudflats are located within Hallyeohaesang National Park and were once the most expansive home to the country’s population of chasmagnathus crabs. The area has remained relatively unchanged since the 2003 Typhoon Maemi drove the nearby residents away permanently.
In September and October of this year, environmental authorities removed the concrete from the roads and replaced the tires in the retaining walls with stone. They also planted 200 square meters of wild grass seeds.
Chasmagnathus crabs live amongst grass and rocks on expansive mudflats on the south and western coasts of South Korea. Few in number, there can be as few as one sighting per mudflat.
To ensure the precarious survival of these rare creatures, Hallyeohaesang National Park and local fishermen agreed to a deal that would conserve and protect the mudflats.
Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)