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Crayfish Disappearing in Sweden

Published fredag 11 augusti 2006 kl 13.51

   Just as the crayfish season begins in Sweden, marine biologists warn that disease is spreading rapidly and wiping out more of the creatures in the rivers and lakes of central parts of this Nordic nation.

   In earlier years, infections killed off much of the native crayfish – and imported varities crayfish were thought to be immune – but are now also disappearing.

For many Swedes, August crayfish parties with a toast in schnapps or other spirits are one of the highlights of the culminary year.

But most Swedes have to be satisfied with imported frozen boxes of bright red crayfish boiled in Turkey or other places where local inhabitants dislike the thought of eating those little, clawed scavangers.

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