The “Extinction” edition of Science Write Now features an essay on a lobster hunting expedition
Fiona Marshall is on a mission to save the lobster. She is the Agriculture Project Coordinator on the Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) Team
The ABC have a great article on her work protecting lobster habitat on private land
Australia Post have released stamps depicting Australian freshwater crayfish.
Astacopsis gouldi is featured
So, find an excuse to write a letter
- write to an old person (they love that)
- pay a bill by post (to annoy your utility provider)
- complain to your council (that’s what they are there for)
- harass your local MP to protect riparian habitat (regardless of who they are, they aren’t doing enough!)
Watch the trailer for Balangara Films’ movie about Todd Walsh and his quest to save the giant fresh water crayfish.
Jeremy Wade of ‘River Monsters’ fame comes to Tasmania in search of the giant freshwater crayfish. It’s fun watching him hunt for it in all the wrong places. Jeremy then visits the Allport Library & Museum to see WB Gould’s 1832 painting of Astacopsis tricornis and to read Charles Gould’s 1870 paper about how the lobster and blakfish “cohabitate”. Todd Walsh finally helps him out. It’s a real shame they didn’t mention the Aboriginal name…
Terry Mulhern’s paper on the misconceptions about the names given to lutaralipina – the giant freshwater crayfish – is published in the Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, Volume 152 . The article can’t be downloaded for free for 12 months, but read all about in the University of Melbourne’s online magazine Pursuit or in Tasmania 40°South Magazine.
The wonderful elder statesman of conservation narrates a documentary of Tasmania. The giant freshwater crayfish even gets a moment or two!