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Signal crayfish or Pattes Rouges crayfish in the UK


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#1 cachan

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:29 AM

From what I've read, these crayfish were introduced into the UK from North America in the 1970's for farming but they escaped into the waterways as an invasive species.  I think they were supposed to replace the native Euroipean crayfish which were depleted by the crayfish plague caused by a water mould.  Are they caught and eaten?  Are they on sale or on menus?  If not, is it because they can themselves be a carrier of the crayfish plague?  Maybe that's the answer.



#2 Chelseabun

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

Gordon Ramsay did an episode on Crayfish in the UK: