Chinese Mitten Crabs

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many incidents there have been of intrusion in UK waters of Chinese mitten crabs in the last ten years; and what steps she is taking to protect the UK against this species.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There have been at least 311 reported sightings of the Chinese Mitten Crab since 2004.

There are no control methods known to be effective in reducing Chinese mitten crab populations. Therefore, the Government’s focus is to minimise the risk of spread through good biosecurity. Defra is working with a broad range of organisations to promote the Check, Clean, Dry campaign to promote behaviours which reduce the risk of spread of aquatic invasive non-native species such as the Chinese mitten crab.

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