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CPO Crayfish.
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I did a quick search but didnt find anything recent about these. Anyway my question is are these illegal to purchase/keep?

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Not sure if it still stands, but iirc the only one thats not illegal to sell is the Cherax?
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(09-04-2019, 11:07 AM)fr499y Wrote: Not sure if it still stands, but iirc the only one thats not illegal to sell is the Cherax?
Ta, I will have a proper search later and post what I find.

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I've had good search and other than I bloody confusing Gov website most information I could gather is a few years old so to get clarification on the matter I've sent some emails.

Once I get a reply I will post an update (though I do believe the answer will be they are illegal to own).

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Yes, I believe it was only cherax quadricarinatus that remained legal for import as most, if not all, are invasive and have decimated the native crays in British rivers (where idiots have released them because they've grown bigger than expected and started taking fish and outgrown the tank Sad ).
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Unfortunately common sense is lacking in some people or they simply dont care. Looks like I'm skipping the crayfish then but I will have shrimp not all is lost. For some reason I find those little water aliens intriguing.

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Below are some emails I got in response to asking about owning a CPO.


1- The Fish Health Inspectorate are an executive agency of Defra and the competent authority in England and Wales. We are the appropriate department to assist with your enquiry.  Our remit covers the import of live fish, molluscs and crustacean and the non-native keeping permissions.  Detail of our full remit can be found here -https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/fish-health-inspectorate
 
The Prohibition of Keeping of Live Fish (Crayfish) Order 1996, made under the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980, requires those wishing to keep non-native crayfish to hold a licence.  Defra policy recognises only Cherax quadricarinatus as suitable for the ornamental trade in GB, and has issued a general licence* (*permission to everyone to keep them for ornamental purposes).  You should also note that equivalent legislation is in place for the keeping of fish under The Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) Order 2014. 
 
Statutory advice on Introduction and Keeping of non-natives -https://www.gov.uk/guidance/introduce-or-keep-non-native-fish-and-shellfish
 
Statutory advice on Importing - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-or-ex...-shellfish
 
Please contact us directly if you require further advice – 01305206700 orfhi@cefas.co.uk

2- This is a useful review and assessment
https://www.fws.gov/fisheries/ANS/erss/u...er2017.pdf
Its thermal preferences suggest that it would not survive, currently, in the wild in the UK. Because it is ben selectively bred and only occurs in tropical fish tanks, I think those thermal preferences might be robust. This
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jii...merica.pdf
 
rather support that view. The species is another plague carrier though.
 
This species is not covered under any of the main wildlife legislation. Whether it infringes import legislation you should check with APHA. I may be worth alerting folk in DEFRA if they are unsighted on this.

3- This is most useful. It is not part of the conservation legislation that we get to look at that much, so the useful catch-all of including the Cambaridae does cover that Mexican species.




 


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So it's just the "blue lobster" then....we don't want them cray pathogens released (again)....... Wink Smile
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I thought it was only that one Smile
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