Red Swamp Crayfish

Second Choice
Scientific name
Procambarus clarkii
Production method
Pots (traps)
IUCN status
Least concern
Stock status

Due to its rapid growth, early maturity and high fecundity, combined with a high adaptability, this species is resilient to fishing pressure. Data on landings, fishing effort and stock assessments are not available. Therefore, the stock status cannot be evaluated, although the stock is unlikely being overfished.

Ecological effects

The inland fishery with baited traps is considered of low concern related to the interaction with threatened or vulnerable species. Information on discards and retained non-target species is absent. Habitat and ecosystem impact caused by the freshwater trap fishery is assumed to be unlikely.


Information on whether the species is subject to a species-specific management scheme is not available.