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Sep 29, 2010 9:02 PM

American Signal Crayfish

I have seen a few American Signal Crayfish in and on the banks of the Basingstoke Canal local to where I live. Can anyone tell me if there is actually a law stating they should be killed if out of the water. I am 100% certain of correct identification and they are not native crayfish.
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    Sep 30, 2010 10:41 PM (in response to wigglitt)
    Re: American Signal Crayfish


    Please have a look at the non-native species secretariat fact-sheet which contains the following advice:

    "Signal crayfish is listed under Schedule 9 to the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 with respect to England, Wales and Scotland. As such it is an offence to release or to allow the

    escape of this species into the wild. In the UK it is an offence to keep any crayfish without a license, except in some parts of southern England. If trapping of signal crayfish is planned,an application should be made to the relevant environmental protection agency."



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