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CRAYFISH PLAGUE – EMERGENCY CONTAINMENT MEASURES

May 26th, 2017 | by

ATTENTION: CRAYFISH PLAGUE – EMERGENCY CONTAINMENT MEASURES

In response to a recent outbreak of Crayfish Plague in the River Suir, emergency disease containment measures are needed to help prevent its spread.

Crayfish Plague is a disease that kills our native White-clawed Crayfish.  All crayfish that become infected will die. Crayfish Plague is easily transmitted in water or via contaminated equipment (for example on canoes, waders or nets).

Ireland holds the largest population of the White-clawed Crayfish that remains in Europe.

White clawed crayfish

White clawed crayfish

 

HELP PROTECT OUR NATIVE CRAYFISH FROM THIS DISEASE

  • All water users are asked to operate a temporary ban on moving water sports and angling equipment out of the River Suir catchment – commencing immediately.

 

  • Water sports and angling equipment currently in use in the Suir catchment may continue to be used there; but boats or angling equipment should not be transferred out of the catchment.

 

  • Limit your activity to the river section where you normally operate, avoid moving around the catchment and follow biosecurity protocols – Inspect, Remove, Clean, Dispose, Notify.

 

Information on how you can play your part to limit the spread of this disease is available from the following links:

 

Anglers http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/invasive-species-1/358-invasive-species-biosecurity-guidelines-for-anglers-leaflet-1/file

 

Boaters http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/invasive-species-1/360-invasive-species-biosecurity-guidelines-for-boaters-leaflet-1

 

Paddle sports enthusiasts http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/invasive-species-1/438-invasive-species-disinfection-guidelines-for-paddle-sports/file

 

Scuba divers http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/invasive-species-1/247-invasive-species-biosecurity-guidelines-for-scuba-diving-1/file

 

IFI staff http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/fisheries-research-1/73-biosecurity-protocol-for-field-survey-work-1/file

 

Source  – Inter Agency response from National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency, Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Sports Partnership, Waterford City and County Council, Marine Institute, Local Authority Water and Communities Office, Waterways Ireland and National Biodiversity Data Centre


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