Killer shrimp found in River Severn
A SHRIMP related to the invasive European shellfish 'killer shrimp' has been found on the River Severn at Tewkesbury.
The Dikerogammarus haemobaphes, which is not native to the UK, has also been discovered in the Bevere near Worcester and two canals in Worcestershire and it is the first time the invasive shellfish has been found in this country.
It was found after samples were taken from the River Severn on behalf of Severn Trent Water.
The Environment Agency said: "Until we have better information we will, as a precaution, treat it as a high impact species.
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"We now have a dedicated team in place to establish how far the shrimp has spread along the river and canal network."
The EA and Canal & River Trust are urging all water users to help slow the spread of this invasive species by helping publicise the bio-security advice available at www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry.
Chris John, National Ecologist for the Canal & River Trust said, "As the charity responsible for caring for 2000 miles of canals and rivers across the country, one of our primary aims is to protect the nations waterways from invasive species such as this. We need the support of people that enjoy the waterways to prevent the shrimp spreading by checking, cleaning and drying any clothes, equipment or craft that could carry invasive species, before and after they visit the waterways, and by reporting any suspected sightings of the shrimp through the dedicated email address."