Crayfish trapping licence

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Tadpole

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I have searched high and low over the websites of DEFRA and the EA and I cant find anything that tells you how to get a licene to trap crayfish... alot f things that say you need a licence, but nothing that says how to get one...anyone had more success? `n` i so... please tell...
I think you have to ring them

Edited to add defra
and BCUK 2006
 

AJB

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Oct 2, 2004
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Any chance of forwarding the info on via email AJ? I'd be interested in reading it.
I though this might happen the moment after I deleted the email cause it was blocking up my in box, but I saved everything including the contet of the email so no problems - pm me your email address.

But for future ref for others, the number was answered on the second ring and the guy was very helpful.
 

Chris G

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Mar 23, 2007
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I guess that we all think the same way on here!

1) I work for British Waterways so started asking questions of the ecologists today as to whether they had a list of where we know that Signal crayfish live.

2) a quick search on google brought up the cheapest crayfish trap at £6.95ish - tempting!

3) I thought that you could still get an inland fishing permit from the local post office?

Chris
 

AJB

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This is a specific licence for signal crayfish – not covered on the usual fishing licence I believe.

Plus, as if there weren’t enough rules, there are very hard and fast rules about the kind of traps allowed – there spec and suppliers are part of the information pack.
 

Shewie

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I saw what I think were crayfish traps at The Range in Doncaster yesterday. It`s a bit of a homeware shop with the odd bit of sports gear.

They do have a website but there`s no mention of any fishing gear on there

http://www.therange.co.uk/page/home

Might be worth a look if there`s one near you
 

AJB

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Link noted and I stand corrected - every day is a school day!

Chris
Don't feel bad mate - I only found out this afternoon :)

From one of the documents received...

Suppliers of Crayfish Traps

The list is provided by way of information only and does not constitute a recommendation by the Environment Agency of the persons or companies concerned, nor does it represent any guarantee of the quality of their items. Similarly, the omission of any person or company does not mean that they are not satisfactory or competent for the purpose of supplying crayfish traps.

Prospective purchasers of crayfish traps are reminded that the National Fisheries Byelaws requires them to obtain the written consent of the Agency BEFORE any crayfish are trapped in any inland water, regardless of its nature or ownership.


http://www.pitchcare.com/shop/product/6800/336

http://www.solwayfeeders.com/ProductsDetail1.asp?STOCK_CODE=2014&froogle=true

http://www.alanaecology.com/acatalog/Crayfish_Traps.html

http://www.sharnbrooktackle.com/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Crayfish_Traps_99.html

http://www.trapman.co.uk/the-trap-man-crayfish-trap.htm

http://www.waterhabitats.co.uk/traps.htm

http://www.framlinghamfisheries.co.uk/craytrap.html

http://www.albionmanufacturing.com/albi-traps/pheasant-crayfish.htm

http://www.crayfishremovaloxon.co.uk/traphire.html

http://www.coastalnets.co.uk/fishing_01.htm

Collins Nets
Goods Yard
West Bay
Bridport
Dorset DT6 4EW
01308 427352
http://www.collinsnets.co.uk/search.php?keyword=crayfish+trap&srch.x=26&srch.y=15

Paul Newman, (Sparkling Fishery Management)
22 Curtis Way
Rayleigh
Essex
SS6 8BU
07910747958
paulnewmansfm@aol.com

Please ensure any traps you purchase are within the necessary byelaws parameters (see overleaf) and fitted with otter guards if required.

For further information on applying for consent to trapping crayfish please visit www.efishbusiness.co.uk or contact the Fish movement Authorisations Team on 01493 4839968
 

Angus Og

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Nov 6, 2004
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Great link AJB for efishbusiness.co.uk

I had a look at it and found the stuff below.

Crayfish trapping – what you need to know
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/whatyouneedtoknow.pdf

Application to use fishing instruments (other than rod and line) and/or remove fish from inland waters
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/fr2v051.pdf

Form FR2 – Guidance notes on filling in form FR2
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/fr2notes_7.pdf

Application to use fishing instruments (other than rod and line) and/or remove fish from inland waters: Guidance notes.
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/fr2notes705.pdf

ADVICE ON DISINFECTION OF CRAYFISH TRAPS
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/disinfection.pdf

CRAYFISH BYELAWS
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/byelaw.pdf

Applying for Fish Movements On-Line
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/fishmovements.pdf

All taken from a search for trapping in the link below.
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/cont...=trapping&Search.x=0&Search.y=0&Search=Search
 

johnnytheboy

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Crazy this, Loch Ken is Scotland is crawling with them, its an ecological disaster apprently, they are burrowing in banks ruining game fish spawning grounds and eating all the coarse fish eggs but to trap them you need a licence, and trapping them is the only way of population control. Its illegal and you can apprently be prosecuted for trapping them without a licence, you'd think they would open it up and make it a free for all to help sort the population out. Before i knew it was illegal we set a net up for fun, i know ignorance is no excuse and the forum cannot support this beviour but we caught a few boiled them and ate them, it was pretty easy and they were pretty tasty. I think some nice jamalayas etc could be made if you could get a trapping licence, it would be worth maybe a little paperwork headache.
 

AJB

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Crazy this, Loch Ken is Scotland is crawling with them, its an ecological disaster apprently, they are burrowing in banks ruining game fish spawning grounds and eating all the coarse fish eggs but to trap them you need a licence, and trapping them is the only way of population control. Its illegal and you can apprently be prosecuted for trapping them without a licence, you'd think they would open it up and make it a free for all to help sort the population out. Before i knew it was illegal we set a net up for fun, i know ignorance is no excuse and the forum cannot support this beviour but we caught a few boiled them and ate them, it was pretty easy and they were pretty tasty. I think some nice jamalayas etc could be made if you could get a trapping licence, it would be worth maybe a little paperwork headache.

When I rang I asked about the rules in Scotland (as my sister's up there) and I was told there were "No appreciable populations in Scotland and therefore it’s irrelevant!"

Say Hi to Lock Ken, me and my mate had a 24lb pike out of there 20 years ago :)
 

Angus Og

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Nov 6, 2004
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Crazy this, Loch Ken is Scotland is crawling with them, its an ecological disaster apprently, they are burrowing in banks ruining game fish spawning grounds and eating all the coarse fish eggs but to trap them you need a licence, and trapping them is the only way of population control. Its illegal and you can apprently be prosecuted for trapping them without a licence, you'd think they would open it up and make it a free for all to help sort the population out. Before i knew it was illegal we set a net up for fun, i know ignorance is no excuse and the forum cannot support this beviour but we caught a few boiled them and ate them, it was pretty easy and they were pretty tasty. I think some nice jamalayas etc could be made if you could get a trapping licence, it would be worth maybe a little paperwork headache.
Have a look at this link it explains a lot.
http://www.efishbusiness.co.uk/formsandguides/whatyouneedtoknow.pdf