Volunteers get crafty for crays

If you like handicrafts, you’ve probably heard of a crafternoon (an afternoon crafting event), but have you heard of a CRAYfternoon?

No? Well, we might have made the term up, but it fits perfectly for our recent working bees where our volunteers made more than 40 crayfish nets. Over three days in February and March, ten volunteers cut mesh, stitched it to rings, and added ropes and floats. Our wonderful volunteers enjoyed doing something different from our usual activities, but by the third session were also pleased to see the final net completed!

Some of the net making crew, showing us their best crayfish claws

These nets will be used in freshwater crayfish surveys by Aquasave-NGT for a number of projects, including monitoring populations of Murray crayfish (Euastacus armatus) in blackwater affected areas and other projects across its range.

Murray crayfish (photo: Nick Whiterod)

Our upcoming Fieldwork Friday activities are:

7 May: Nursery, Mt Gambier
21 May: Mt Burr Swamp working bee
4 June: Nursery, Mt Gambier
18 June: Kurrawonga, working bee

A massive thank you to Sue, Carole, Helen, Becci, Deb, Jennie, Debbie, Rosemary, Christina, and Donna for your crafty skills.

Rose Thompson