Does anyone really have any qualms (other than getting caught and the potential consequences) about catching and eating non native crayfish. They are after all easy to catch, easy to identify from the natives (should you catch one), plentiful, a pest, and good eating. I have known several water bailiffs in my time whos attitude was that everyone with a rod licence should also have a crayfish license and trap, catch what they can whilst fishing and the either kill or eat the crayfish, reckoning that that would make a dent in the numbers. I should point out that this was their 'in the pub having had a few sherberts' attitude, not there professional carefully considered opinion
I know its illegal to do without jumping through the right hoops, but how heavily would you really be punished if you got caught? A light ticking off or throw the book at you? After all, I might well have the attitude of 'By catching and eating these non native crayfish I'm helping you out and doing you a favour', but I doubt that they would share that exact same opinion.
What do you all think?