Crayfish Removal with High School Volunteers
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
We took a group of our high school volunteers out for a day of crayfish removal! The crayfish seen in this video are a non-native species that thrives in the waters of the Santa Monica Mountains, eating the eggs of amphibians, disrupting fragile fresh water environments and hosting a variety of unwelcome parasites. A noticeable decrease in amphibians has been attributed to crayfish predation. Crayfish are continually introduced to the Santa Monica Mountains because of their utilization as fishing bait.