When Life Hands you Lemons
Serve them, alongside the crayfish….
Loch Ken crayfish business plan hatched
“If you can’t beat them, eat them.”
As mottos go, it might sound a bit gruesome, but it sums up a business enterprise being contemplated in south-west Scotland.
An economic opportunity has been spotted in an “invasion” of non-native North American signal crayfish in the region’s waters.
It could end up with them being served on dining tables up and down the country.
The crayfish have been the source of environmental and economic heartache for some time.
They were imported to the UK in the 1970s with escapes from fish farms or illegal releases thought to be the reason for their spread to other water ways.
First found in Scotland in 1995, they have been blamed for eating young fish and destroying habitats and now affect a large number of rivers and lochs across the country….
…The idea would be to trap crayfish and land them by boat at a disused fish farm next to the loch.
Former owner Graeme Gordon said it would have the facilities needed to get the fish ready for sale.
“I think there is very considerable potential because they are quite a high price food,” he said.
“At the moment they are imported from Holland or Thailand and various other places.”
He said it would be a “bit ridiculous” if they were not able to use the commercial opportunity to “employ local people and make use of a local asset”.
It is a product that Caroline Lawrie, who owns a restaurant a few miles from Loch Ken, would be only too happy to use.
She currently imports crayfish from Denmark or Thailand and said that something produced on their doorstep and providing local jobs would be “wonderful”.
However, there are a few obstacles to be cleared before the plan could progress.
Trapping is illegal without a licence and they are not easily obtained because of the danger of spreading the crayfish to other waters.
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