Invasive aquatic plants and animals harm the environment and block waterways. They can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. Once established they become extremely difficult and expensive to eradicate, which is why it is so important to prevent their spread in the first place.
When you’re working or volunteering in the field, it’s important to keep your kit free of invasive plants and animals in order to protect the environment.
|Check your gear after leaving the water for mud, aquatic animals or plant material. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.
Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to nets, waders, and areas that are damp and hard to access. Use hot water if possible.
Dry everything for as long as possible before using elsewhere as some invasive plants and animals can survive for two weeks in damp conditions.
It’s even more important to Check Clean Dry if you’re taking your kit abroad to make sure you don’t bring any plants or animals back with you. Make sure everything is clean and has been dried thoroughly before you use it again at home. Boarder Biosecurity posters.
Hard copies of posters and leaflets may be available, please contact us for further information.
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Biosecurity Protocol for Field Survey Work
Check Clean Dry
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