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Demon shrimp find highlights biosecurity importance

The discovery of invasive demon shrimp at the National Watersports Centre has further highlighted the importance of Check Clean Dry.

Demon Shrimp Canal River Trust

Demon shrimp (c)Canal & River Trust

Invasive non-native demon shrimp were found on a boat during a routine inspection at a sprint event on the Regatta Lake, in September.

The competitor had travelled up from the Thames catchment to attend the event.

The crustacean can cause serious damage to the environment by destroying native small fish. 

Even though the River Trent contains both Demon and Killer shrimps, the discovery highlights the importance of Check Clean Dry. 

The following video was made about killer shrimps, a close relative of the demon species.

Richard Atkinson, Access and Environment Lead for British Canoeing said: "Having biosecurity at the event was why the demon shrimp were found. 

"It is important to have wash downs whether you're at an event or not.

"Through the work British Canoeing and its partners are doing to highlight the issues, we can say paddlers are one of the leading groups that are implementing these important steps. 

"We have taken steps to raise awareness and provide practical guidance at a number of paddling events around the country as well as producing important training resources and installing signage at many of our affiliated clubs."

Simple steps can protect our environment. Find out more about Check Clean Dry: