Following a confirmed outbreak of crayfish plague in the River Wensum at Pensthorpe last November the Environment Agency has notified British Canoeing of a suspected outbreak at Sculthorpe Mill near Fakenham, Norfolk.
Test results are awaited and as a precautionary measure the Agency strongly advises all river users to carry out the Check Clean Dry procedure to help minimise the risk or prevent the spread of this plague:
Check your equipment and clothing for live organisms, plant fragments etc - particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect.
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly. If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where
you found them.
Dry all equipment and clothing - some species can live for up to 16 days in moist conditions. Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.
The Agency has also issued a fact sheet about crayfish plague which can be viewed by clicking here.