Aphanomyces astaci

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Aphanomyces astaci

fungal cause of crayfish plague.
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In Wales, our native crayfish, fully protected by law, are nearing extinction due to crayfish plague.
Coun Lloyd added: "Unfortunately, the publicly accessible nature of Ensor's Pool has meant it has always been relatively vulnerable to crayfish plague, which can be transmitted on damp or wet items including fishing equipment, boats and inflatables, dogs and on wellington boots.
And crayfish plague can also be transferred between water bodies, for example on fishing tackle or boats.
This carries a fungal disease known as crayfish plague and the white-clawed crayfish is susceptible to it.
To protect against the transference of crayfish plague present in nearby rivers to the Wansbeck, all personnel were thoroughly briefed on the site s biosecurity policy and all boots were washed in the designated washing station, which contained a cleaning agent to ensure the removal of any possible contaminants.
Research is also being undertaken into ways to eradicate non-native crayfish species, as well as the crayfish plague, but a solution has yet to be found.
A major threat to the region's important crayfish populations is the spread of crayfish plague.
American crayfish can also carry the crayfish plague, which can devastate a native crayfish population.