The National Institute of Crayfish Trappers was established in 2011 to bring together and represent the responsible crayfish trappers of the UK.
Many conservationists believe that, although the crayfish spread rapidly under their own steam, they do so even faster with the help of self-interested trappers. Over the last thirty years irresponsible operators have given trappers a bad name: the trouble being that poor-practice can do more harm than good. Undoubtably, fear of the renegade trapper has resulted in trapping not being sanctioned at many locations that needed attention.
Therefore, the first objective of the NICT is to create a recognised body of dedicated and experienced trappers who operate in accordance with the law and in the best interest of the environment. Members pledge to abide strictly to the codes of conduct set out by the NICT and any member failing to maintain these standards will be expelled. Members are made aware of any news or changes that may affect them through the website and occasional meetings.
Working with conservation trusts etc. to focus on areas that most need attention.
The next objective is to target selected hot-spots where trapping would be particularly useful. Our aims are supported by the Environment Agency and we wish to work closely with them; DEFRA; Natural England; Buglife; The Canal & River Trust; and any other trust or organisation that could use a conscientious and disciplined band of trappers.
Private landowners with crayfish concerns are also welcome to contact the NICT for advice and help with crayfish removal.
The NICT is open to all crayfish trappers, but also acts as a trade body for professional crayfish trappers. For this reason the membership is divided into two sections: "General Interest"and "Professional". The appropriate category is deduced from the Membership Application responses. If you are interested in joining the NICT please complete the Membership Application Form.
We are currently non-funded and, as a result, changes and improvements should be expected gradually as we bring the NICT up to speed.