RLHT to host Invasive Rusty Crayfish Contest

July 28, 2023

Since 2016, RLHT has documented the Invasive Rusty Crayfish, Faxonius rusticus, in the Rangeley Lakes Region. This year, they’ve decided to act against these invaders by hosting the first annual invasive rusty crayfish contest from August 7th through 13th.

Entry is $5 per participant, and teams of up to four are encouraged. A valid Maine fishing license is required for anyone 16 years or older.


“Throughout the week, we’ve planned educational activities to engage the community,” stated Julia Morin, Contest Coordinator. “Stop by our office to learn more!”


Rusty Crayfish directly compete with native crayfish for food and cover. They starve the natives and force them out where other animals can more easily prey on them. Invasives pose a significant threat to native crayfish populations. They can outcompete and slowly reduce native populations to nothing or replace them with a hybrid of rusty and native crayfish.


Everyone is invited to the closing Weigh-in at 10 AM Sunday, August 13, at RLHT at 2424 Main St, Rangeley. Up to $300 in prizes.


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