I’ve been asked by an academic from the University of Leeds to help get anglers to answer a questionnaire about how Crayfish can and have affected angling venues. Please read the below information and give the questionnaire a whirl. It would be greatly appreciated. Theres also the possibility of getting a few quid!
Numbers of the UK’s native crayfish have declined considerably over the last few decades due to the introduction of the North American signal crayfish in the 1970s. The larger North American crayfish compete with the native crayfish for food, and also carry crayfish plague which is fatal to the native crayfish. At the moment, we have no effective way of controlling the North American crayfish or the plague that it carries. If the North American crayfish and the plague continue to spread, our native crayfish may become extinct within the next 30 years.
In the absence of any other form of control, the only way we can reduce the impact of these American crayfish and crayfish plague to native crayfish is to ensure that we do all we can to prevent its further spread. As part of a research project at the University of Leeds, we are seeking your help, to try and get a better understanding of current fishing practices, so we can identify possible ways in which the spread of the North American crayfish and their plague could be reduced.
We are therefore asking anglers such as yourselves to complete our questionnaire to find out about the rivers that you visit and the kit that you use at each site. Your help will enable us to see whether there are any areas where the risks from invasive species such as the North American signal crayfish are likely to be greatest. This will allow awareness campaigns and preventive measures to be targeted to those areas to prevent future outbreaks.
Click here to take part: http://goo.gl/sfqIc
The questionnaire takes 5 – 10 minutes to complete and everyone who completes it can enter a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for AnglingDirect online tackle shop.
For more information, please contact Lucy Anderson at the University of Leeds [email protected]