Could electric fish barriers help to manage native populations of European crayfish threatened by crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci)?

Lluís Benejam, Sandra Saura-Mas, Joan Montserrat, Fina Torres, Miquel Macies

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Abstract

© 2015 The Author(s) and 2015 REABIC. Crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) is the main problem that hinders the conservation of European crayfish species. Every year, dozens of native crayfish populations disappear due to this disease. We used an electric fish barrier to block the dispersal of infected crayfish upstream. One of the main objectives of this communication is to transfer our expertise using this equipment for improved conservation outcomes. As a result, we report a detailed description of the experience, as well as requirements, problems and opportunities of using an electric fish barrier to try to control crayfish plague in-situ.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-310
JournalManagement of Biological Invasions
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Astacus
  • Autropotamobius
  • Conservation
  • Crayfish plague
  • European crayfish

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