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Old 13 October 2007, 16:25   #1
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Those ebay crayfish traps really do work-there's a river near me with a real problem with the Signal crayfish so I thought I'd give it a try. I'll have them in a drum in the garden for a week before they get cooked but it was too late to do when I got in.
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Old 13 October 2007, 16:38   #2
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Hahahaha

Are they for hire Matt?

(we got a lot of rellies)
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It does provide some interesting entertainment-when you go in there they start waving their claws at you...
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\Looks more like some crazy ribbers fetish to me , put one in your drysuit
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Nasty dose of crabs you've got there......
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never heard of signal crayfish , what makes them a problem .
You got them in a river ? do you mean fresh water or estuary . I didnt know crayfish existed in rivers iether .
Is this some new thing thats happening like Japanese seaweed etc
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I got them in a river near Cirencester that's used to feed a trout fishery. There are literally thousands in it-you can see them everywhere you look in it. I certainly wouldn't go in there with bare feet as these things are agressive and as numerous as green crabs but with claws almost as big as edible crabs.

This explains it better than I can:-

BBC link

The biggest one currently in my bath is a bit bigger than the one in the pic on there.

The Signal crayfish are the ones you buy precooked now-they are commercially farmed. English white claw crayfish are a protected species.
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Very interesting mate . You learn something new every day so they say .

Still it doesn't sound as bad as they make it sound to me . Ok we have lost many of the native crayfish , but now have plenty of the bigger ones from the USA that are good eating .
It didn't say they were any problem exept fot the fungus wiping out the white claw crayfish .

Niether did it explain what they were doing on trout farms in the first place
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Very interesting mate . You learn something new every day so they say .

Still it doesn't sound as bad as they make it sound to me . Ok we have lost many of the native crayfish , but now have plenty of the bigger ones from the USA that are good eating .
It didn't say they were any problem exept fot the fungus wiping out the white claw crayfish .

Niether did it explain what they were doing on trout farms in the first place
Not sure about why they end up on the trout farms but they take everything they can get to as well-the food that fish would eat, small fish etc so they are effectively wiping out everything else in their path. The river I got those from was heaving with them but practically nothing else.
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