Dikerogammarus haemobaphes - Interim Briefing Note

13 November 2012

Dikerogammarus haemobaphes - Interim Briefing Note

In September 2012 a new Ponto-Caspian shrimp, Dikerogammarus haemobaphes, was confirmed in the River Severn. It has since been found in a number of other waterbodies across England.

The Killer Shrimp Task Group, comprising members from Defra, Natural England, Welsh Government, SEPA, CCW, and the Broads Authority, are advising on the response to this species and have issued an interim briefing note (including a distribution map of findings to date).  Subsequent briefing notes will be produced as necessary.

The briefing note can be found here: D. haemobaphes interim briefing note

Identification guidance for this and other Ponto-Caspian species is available here: Ponto-Caspian non-native species identification guidance

With the finding of this new shrimp it is more important than ever that we take care to follow biosecurity protocols and make sure to CHECK, CLEAN, DRY when visiting water bodies.

Other tools to help promote biosecurity are available from the NNSS website, including:

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