The LIFE+ CrayMate project aimed for the better common understanding of the management and conservation of native noble crayfish stocks in Finland, and further in Europe. The means to achieve the proud goal of bright future for the native crayfish were targeted and widespread information campaings in the media and brave encounters with the common persons during cultural and leisure festivities.
The LIFE+ CrayMate project was coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland (Dr Japo Jussila) and implemented in collaboration with seven beneficiaries from Eastern and Northern Finland together with institutions also from Southern Finland.
The project exploited results from research and converted the academic outcome into practical benefit of those interested in the natural resources. The project consortium included institutions from several levels of research and management to ensure that the coverage needed for information spreading was accomplished. We have included a media production company, QuetzalCoatl Prod., to the consortium to boost the professional approach. We have been kindly supported by the LIFE+ (LIFE12 INF/FI/233).
We aimed to collaborate with our European colleagues, those interested in the brightest possible future for the European aquatic ecosystems, and terrestrial, too, for that matter. We had and still have a common interest especially with the Sweds, as we share a passionate love for the crayfish and a tradition to party whenever possible. That's why: noble crayfish is the best!
Our aim was to ensure a brigth future for the Finnish noble crayfish. We based our work on the fundamental principles of Never Give Up and The Craymates Will Not Be Left Behind. We trust that knowledgeable fishermen and the common public care for best practices in fishing and crayfishing and nature conservation. And they do!
LIFE+ CrayMate project has successfully been taken to its end, but the work for the conservation of the native noble crayfish never ends. Fot those interested, the Layman Report can be downloaded here.