Thursday, 19 May 2016 08:47

Help stop the spread of invasive plants and animals in British waters.


Water primrose, quagga mussels and so-called ‘killer shrimp’ are just a few invasive non-native species that can be devastating to British plants, fish and ecosystems.

IHelp stop the spread of invasive plants and animals in British waters.Invasive non-native species can have a damaging impact on British plants, animals and ecosystems - by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food and direct predation.

Plants that grow profusely can block waterways while some animals can damage riverbanks - so they also affect economic uses of our environment and add significant management costs.

As a water user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.

Last year we spent £180,000 trying to remove topmouth gudgeon from our fisheries - a particularly nasty invader which damages fisheries and outcompetes many of our native species. As a result, we’re hoping the species will be wiped out in Britain by 2017.

So what can you do to help?

Protect your fishery: check, clean and dry your kit.

Check your equipment, boots and clothing for living organisms.

Clean and wash all equipment, boots and clothes thoroughly.

Dry all equipment and clothing.

Source: NNSS

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