Redclaw crayfish

Redclaw biosecurity practices

Do you know the biosecurity rules for redclaw in your area?

We have 135 known species of crayfish in Australia. Many of these are endangered and at risk from crayfish plague, caused by people spreading species like redclaw beyond their natural range.

You can follow good biosecurity practices for redclaw by:

  • Do not return species to the water outside their natural range, dead or alive.
  • Dispose of them by eating them or humanely killing them and burying them above the high-water mark.
  • Do not use them for bait.
  • Do not move live animals between waterways.

Check the map to see the native and endemic range for redclaw in Queensland –

If you spot a species unusual for your area, report it on 13 25 23.

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