Crayfish could threaten Solway sea life

Concerns have been raised regarding the future of sea life in the Solway firth after an American Signal crayfish was found in the river Nith in Dumfries. The invasive species has already wiped out nearly all fish stock in nearby Loch Ken.

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Crayfish pose 'serious threat' to sea life in Solway

Posters are now being displayed to warn anglers Credit: ITV Border
The crayfish was caught off the banks of the river Nith Credit: ITV Border

Anglers are being warned to kill any crayfish they come into contact with. It comes after the non-native American Signal Crayfish was found for the first time in the River Nith in Dumfries.

The invasive species kills young fish and destroys natural habitats. Fishermen are now being asked to kill the crayfish if found and to take extra care when cleaning their fishing equipment and clothing to prevent eggs being spread.

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