RANGELEY LAKES HERITAGE TRUST’S
1st Rusty Crayfish Contest a Success
August 22, 2023
Eight teams participated in removing 148 invasive Rusty crayfish weighing 2 lbs. 3 oz were removed from the Rangeley Lakes Region. The winning team, the Hunter Cove Crayfish Killers, collected 70 Rusty crayfish, including 36 females with a total weight of 1 lb. 1 oz.
“This week-long event was a huge success and I’m so grateful to our participants for taking action to remove invasives,” said Julia Morin, the Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward at RLHT who organized the event. “RLHT will continue this annual contest to educate the public!”
RLHT also mailed specimens from our participants to Dr. Karen Wilson from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Southern Maine. These specimens will assist her in monitoring crayfish throughout the state.
If you have any questions regarding invasive aquatic species, including Rusty crayfish, please contact our 2023 Headwaters Coordinator, Julia Morin, at email@example.com.