Crayfishers - Netflix
This exciting new series follows one of South Island's biggest Maori fishing families, the Fishers (yes, that's their family name!), as they hit the VERY high seas of the Foveaux Strait. Based in Bluff, Dad Vaughn has worked hard to build one of the most successful crayfish operations in the country. But he's handing over the wheelhouse to his youngest son, Jayce, who's joined on board the XS by his older brother Slade and their cousin Jamie. The 10-part series looks at an industry that the rest of the country might not have otherwise considered, and shows just how hard the Fisher family, both past and present, have worked to get crayfish from the ocean and onto our plates!
Runtime: 30 minutes
Crayfishers - Crayfish plague - Netflix
Crayfish plague, Aphanomyces astaci, is a water mold that infects crayfish, most notably the European Astacus which dies within a few weeks of being infected. When experimentally tested, species from Australia, New Guinea and Japan were also found to be susceptible to the infection.
Crayfishers - History - Netflix
Crayfish plague first arrived in Europe in Italy in 1859, either with imported crayfish from North America, or in ballast water. After its original introduction in Italy in 1860, it spread quickly through Europe and was discovered in Sweden in 1907, in Spain in 1972, in Norway in 1971, in Great Britain in 1981, in Turkey in 1984 and in Ireland in 1987. In 1959, to bolster dwindling stocks of native crayfish, the signal crayfish was introduced to Sweden. The signal crayfish was known to be resistant, and it was not recognised at that time that it was a carrier of the disease. After 150 years of contact, no resistance has been discovered in native European crayfish. This species was studied and named by the German Mycologist, Friedrich Schikora (1859–1932), from a type specimen in Germany in 1906.
Crayfishers - References - Netflix