Blue Ridge Students Against Destructive Decisions held its first Crawdad Catching Tournament Sept. 10 at White Mountain Nature Center and Big Springs Environmental Area. Local youth under age 10 were invited to participate to learn about the invasive crustaceans and catch as many of the critters as possible.
Retired Arizona Game and Fish biologist and newly elected Pinetop-Lakeside town councilman Norris Dodd provided an educational component for attending youth and parents. He emphasized the environmental problems caused by the species to local waterways and taught the proper techniques for fishing, catching and legally transporting the deceased crawdads home for cooking.
All participants received a certificate and the top three catchers in two categories—under age six and age six to 10—received award medals. The event was envisioned and organized by SADD officer Emilia Banuelos, with the help of many club volunteers. Sportsman’s Warehouse donated fishing supplies for the event.