The Department of Environment and Energy recently joined forces with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the aquarium industry to close down the illegal trade of Cajun Dwarf Crayfish in Australia.
Department of the Environment and Energy officers removed more than 45 prohibited crayfish specimens from several homes across NSW and Victoria.
The Cajun Dwarf Crayfish is a known carrier of crayfish plague, an exotic disease which has had catastrophic effects on endangered native crayfish populations in other countries around the world. The arrival of the plague in Australia could have severe consequences on our aquaculture industry.
The Cajun Dwarf Crayfish is commonly mistaken for the Mexican Dwarf Crayfish. The importation or possession of either species is an offence in Australia and possession carries a penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Australia is one of the few countries currently not affected by crayfish plague. By working together with industry and the public, the Australian Government can continue to protect Australia’s aquaculture industry and ecosystems for our unique native species.
Source: Australian Government