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Ed Randall


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PostSubject: Help needed - studying Mitten Crabs   Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:05 pm

TAC received a request for help from Royal Holloway College
If you can help please post up here...

My name is Marika De silva and I am a Masters student at Royal Holloway University, in Surrey. My supervisor is Dr Dave Morritt.

I am studying the biology and ecology of Chinese mitten crabs, in the Thames.

At the moment, I am attempting to source 15 crabs of varying sizes for my project and trying to be proactive by contacting as many contacts as possible, for the slight chance that someone has recorded sightings of mitten crabs this time of year.

I am aware that The Thames Anglers Conservancy members have a lot of knowledge on the different species living in the river Thames. I would be very interested to know whether any of your members may have seen any Chinese mitten crabs or have any information on the locality of Chinese mitten crabs along the Thames at this time of year.

I would be very grateful for any information you could share on this subject. Do let me know if there a specific person that I need to email to acquire this information.

Thank you for your time and I thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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Keith Collett


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PostSubject: Re: Help needed - studying Mitten Crabs   Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:48 pm

teddington lock is best place, to start looking
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patrick barker


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PostSubject: Re: Help needed - studying Mitten Crabs   Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:01 pm

Or just drop the eel trap back in for 5 or 6 minutes. That should catch a few.
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Ed Randall


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PostSubject: Re: Help needed - studying Mitten Crabs   Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:21 pm

They are still asking for more help with getting a few of these critters.
Any captures of knowledge about where to easily get lots of them at this time opf year, please post up.
Thanks, Ed.

I wanted to thank you again for the information below.

I took a trip down to Teddington lock and weir on Friday and searched under flat rocks along the shoreline at low tide, in the hope of finding some Chinese mitten crabs.

I was unsuccessful at finding any. Can I ask, when exactly your colleagues found the Chinese mitten crabs at Teddington lock and weir?

I think I was looking either in the wrong place or at the wrong time.

Did they look on the island, before the weir? Or did they find them by fishing for them using nets?

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Keith Collett


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PostSubject: Re: Help needed - studying Mitten Crabs   Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:52 am

here's a pic of the locations of possible "CRABS", at Teddington, on the island is the main fishing area, "location 1", have fished both ledger and float, have never got any crabs here, but on the main land were the small jetty is, location 2, mainly fished using ledger as it is nice and deep, bait was mainly Mr worm, as there are some nice big perch in the area, hav'nt court any yet but have court some big crabs here, hope this helps, so a crayfish net with cat food in just might get you your next dinner Smile

may I just add, I have personally never ever court "crabs", court a few other things, but never "CRABS" Twisted Evil

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