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Crayfish hunting....In Dorset

parsnip
by parsnip
I want to start trapping for crayfish - I'm going to use the string and gammon method to check my chosen stretch of river, as recommended somewhere else on this site, but does anyone know of any good areas on the Dorset Frome?

Ive applied for my licence from the Environment agency, and the information they've sent me plus what ive garnered from their website seem to indicate that the frome has a large population, but I'd like confirmation if anyone is familiar with the area.

Ive been inspired to do this by your epic tales..... :wink:
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parsnip
#1
by parsnip
The Environment Agency has been in touch to say that they do not issue licences for trapping signal crayfish on the Dorset Frome, due to the presence of the native species in certain tributaries.

Bad enough, but ive already gone and bought a trap off ebay - tips anyone? Perhaps I could use it off weymouth pier or on one of the beaches.
Quixote
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by Quixote
they do not issue licences for trapping signal crayfish on the Dorset Frome, due to the presence of the native species in certain tributaries


Really? I would've thought that if signal crays were inhabiting waters containing native crays that would encourage the EA to issue licenses? Especially if they were issued with the proviso that native crays were to be released if caught? I don't know much about it though as we don't have many crays up 'ere (if any)
parsnip
#3
by parsnip
The guy who rang me said that trapping the signal crayfish might cause them to spread..... I'm not sure how! I think they were also worried that people might start trapping the native white clawed crayfish.

I suppose I shouldnt have got all exited and bought a trap... got any tips for catching lobsters and crabs etc???
Quixote
#4
by Quixote
any tips for catching lobsters and crabs etc???


Pick them up from behind? :wink:

Sorry, could'nt resist it......................
parsnip
#5
by parsnip
PMSL!

I remember my mum getting nipped in each thumb by a large crab, even though shed handled and cooked them for years. Classic case of gettin one thumb grabbed, then the other when she went to remove it. Oh how we laughed. My Grandad used to tell me tales of huge lobsters with claws so strong they could break your fingers!
Ianpick
#6
by Ianpick
Just a thought, simply a suggestion of a hypothetical situation that might arise. It might be worth trying an enclosed water, local fishery or the like. The guys who own these places and their angling customers hate signals and might be happy for someone to trap a few on the quiet. Not saying that this happens anywhere else of course.
parsnip
#7
by parsnip
Just a thought, simply a suggestion of a hypothetical situation that might arise. It might be worth trying an enclosed water, local fishery or the like. The guys who own these places and their angling customers hate signals and might be happy for someone to trap a few on the quiet. Not saying that this happens anywhere else of course.


Thanks, I might start a bit of academic research!
parsnip
#8
by parsnip
Just had the letter back from the EA. Basically they say that they will not licence trapping on the Dorset Frome, or the Stour and Avon rivers. They cite:

a. White clawed crayfish still reside in discrete locations in these river.

b. Although Signal crayfish are present in these rivers, their spread has been limited and populations have remained small. They also say that trapping could destabilise these populations and cause them to spread.

I'm intending to apply again to trap on the Brit river, as the letter doesnt mention that one, and its the only other river in the county! Wish me luck!
NeilK
#9
by NeilK
It's the Brit that goes past RC. Not sure if you were required to have an EA licence when Hugh was there, but he caught signals in there didn't he, in one episode when he made a "posh prawn cocktail"?
parsnip
#10
by parsnip
Yes I remember that... As I understand it, before 2005 it was even more difficult to get permission - maybe the power of channel 4 sorted something out!
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