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12th April 2011, 22:13
Whats the biggest freshwater crayfish species avaliable to be grown in Victorian AP systems for eating?
Any legal and viable alternatives to cherax destructor?
13th April 2011, 00:14
check with your state fisheries department. That wil be the best way to get the info you require for your state.
13th April 2011, 04:53
13th April 2011, 05:48
13th April 2011, 11:40
Searched through all that, but still can't find out.
Called Vic. Fisheries - they cant tell me either! They will research it and get back to me.
13th April 2011, 11:48
It is not always easy to find these things out and requires some persistence in dealing with the government wallies. You can bet your life they will soon tell you what you cannot have and how many laws you have broken if they come by and inspect what you have and find something they can fine you for.
13th April 2011, 12:09
Yeah I bet if you stay on hold for 2 days straight, mail everyone in the dept. and warn them that you are now going to do it since you have no definitive answer...
...they will wait til harvest and come fine you for environmental crimes - yet they will let Amcor keep operating after slap on the wrist fines for releasing megalitres of paper pulp and oil into the Yarra.
13th April 2011, 12:10
As far as I know there are two species of freshwayter crays in vicotria. The murray cray, and another one. Both get pretty big (i've pulled 20cm body length crays from the murray), but take a really long time to do it, so not suitable for AP or aquaculture.
Good luck with your search, but I have a feeling this is one of those "if it were possible, it would have already be done" type of ventures.
13th April 2011, 12:24
Actually orcy, there are many freshwater crayfish species native to victoria.
Here are just a few:
Common Yabby Cherax destructor
Murray Cray E. armatus
Gippsland Cray E. kershawi
Yarra Cray E. yarraensis
Glenelg Cray E. bispinosis
Central Highlands Cray E. Woiwuru
...we are always just scraping the surface.
13th April 2011, 20:31
I know its not that relevant (cause I`am in Queensland) but a couple of these were caught down the road in our local creek.
This is not the biggest one but goes about 250 270mm long didn`t weight it though.
We did look up the name can`t remember it now they are very slow to breed and no we didn`t eat them we put them back.
13th April 2011, 20:35
Dumb. forgot the photos.
17th April 2011, 09:01
Yabbies grow great if you can provide good food,good water, and good temperature.
Dont be to hasty at dismissing them
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