Guidance for clubs and managers of water bodies

Invasive plants and animals harm the environment, block waterways, clog equipment, and can be costly to manage. They can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. Read more on plants and animals to look out for. 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.

Below are some suggested actions that can help protect the water bodies you manage or use.

Educate your members and visitors:

  • Ask them to follow Check Clean Dry guidance before they arrive, and after they leave the water.
    Find guidance for anglers, boaters and paddlers here.
  • Display Check Clean Dry signs at entrances / exits to the water to remind them.
  • Give them Check Clean Dry leaflets.
  • Include information in your magazines, bulletins and newsletters.
  • Include a link to on your website.
  • Create social media content educating your followers about Check Clean Dry and invasive plants and animals. Find us on Twitter
  • Nominate a Check Clean Dry champion to improve biosecurity.

Help them to follow Check Clean Dry:

  • Limit access to water bodies, preferably to a single point where Check Clean Dry signs are displayed. Visitors should log in and out, confirming that they have cleaned and inspected their equipment.
  • Install cleaning facilities at access points if you can.
  • If possible, provide equipment that can be borrowed and used in club waters instead of personal equipment (e.g. trailers for boaters, nets and drogues for anglers).
  • Put waterproof Check Clean Dry stickers (PDF) on any club-owned equipment to remind users to follow the guidance.
  • Consider additional measures for competitions and events

Guidance for events

The risk of spreading invasive plants and animals to new water bodies is even higher at events and competitions, where visiting anglers could be unknowingly introducing them on their kit, or taking them away to their usual fishing spots. Read more on actions for event managers.

Guidance for recreational water users

Anglers, boaters, and paddlers can all help to protect the waters they use. Click the links to find out more.

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