Risk assessment on import of Australian redclaw crayfish to Norway. Opinion of the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety
AuthorBergh, Øivind; Das Neves, Carlos G; Hindar, Kjetil; Høgåsen, Helga Rachel; Jelmert, Anders; Vrålstad, Trude; Agdestein, Angelika; Asmyhr, Maria Gulbrandsen; Basic, Dean; Brun, Edgar; Bøe, Knut Egil; Godfroid, Jacques; Gudding, Roar; Hoel, Kristian; Mejdell, Cecilie Marie; Mortensen, Stein; Rimstad, Espen; Hjeltnes, Brit
Main message: It seems unlikely that the Australian red claw clayfish will establish reproductive populations under Norwegian climate conditions, but hitchhiker organisms and infectious agents could potentially follow the import, and unless managed, may pose risks to biodiversity and aquatic animal health. This is the conclusion in a risk assessment from the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety (VKM).