The Crayfish Plague is now confirmed for the River Lorrah (North Tipp/Lower Shannon), River Suir (between Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir) and River Deel River Barrow. Crayfish are a valuable food item for many freshwater species with otters, herons, trout and pike feeding on them. 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 (e.g. on canoes, waders or nets). All water users were asked to operate a temporary ban on moving water sports equipment from one catchment to another when the outbreak was first confirmed.
All the agencies involved in managing and protecting the rivers in Ireland are concerned about the worrying situation. “On behalf of the Inter Agency Committee I am urging you to limit your activity to the river section where you normally operate and to continue to follow the ‘Check, Clean and Dry’ protocol in relation to equipment once you leave the river and before using it again” said Dr. Fran Igoe, Waters and Communities Office.
See http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/crayfish-plaque-2017/ for more information.