Red Swamp Crawfish Withdrawn from Injurious Wildlife Petition to U.S. FWS

nysfe | December 12, 2016 | Seafood News

U.S. Senator Vitter (R-LA) calls crawfish proposal “laughable” in brief fight.

An effort to include Louisiana’s red swamp crawfish among 43 new “Injurious Wildlife” species under the Lacey Act has been withdrawn until more analysis can be done on the bayou staple, according to the organization that filed the federal petition.

The petition was submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this fall by the Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP), a public charity incorporated in Bethesda, Maryland. CIPS conveyed that their intent was to prevent additional introductions of damaging species already in the country, help stop harmful species’ interstate spread, and halt invasions by native species outside of their native ranges.

“There was absolutely no merit to the outrageous efforts to damage Louisiana’s crawfish industry, which is exceedingly obvious now that the outside organization has agreed to remove the red swamp crawfish from its petition,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).

Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

In a statement last week, the Center acknowledged more research was necessary to determine the appropriate long-range claims about the Red Swamp Crawfish (Procambarus clarkia), the most populous of all crawfish in Louisiana.

“We recognize that this crayfish species has major …read more

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