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Crayfish - Invaders from the Bayou

Kenai, Alaska, United States

Of all of the aquatic animals that could be collected in a gillnet on the Kenai River, crawfish are some of the least likely. Why? Because they do not naturally occur in the Kenai River or any other river in Alaska. Unfortunately, crawfish have been collected from the lower Kenai River twice in the last four years, and both times they were leftovers from someone’s dinner.

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Red swamp crawfish collected from the lower Kenai River on July 9, 2007 from an ADF&G King Salmon drift gillnet