Good biosecurity practice refers to a way of working that minimises the risk of contamination and the spread of animals and plant pests and diseases, parasites and non-native species.
Good biosecurity is essential to protect the River Maigue from the inadvertent introduction of invasive plants, animals and harmful pathogens. The introduction of harmful pests represents a major threat to the ecology of the river.
Water users may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species form one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.
You can help to stop the spread of invasive pests by following three simple steps:
Check your equipment and clothing for live plants and animals – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect.
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly.
Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions.
Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.
For more advice on good biosecurity practice, please check out the following links:
You will find information on aquatic non native invasive species at http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Invasive-Species/invasive-species.html