Marine Pathways Project - Biosecurity guidelines and awareness raising

Marine pathways project advisory groups

Advisory groups for different sectors; commercial shipping and industry, fisheries, aquaculture and recreational boating and water use, were established. The hope is that these groups will provide practical advice on NNS awareness raising, delivering guidance and training based on their individual experiences and expertise. Advisory groups are comprised of representation from industry as well as specialist advisers and helped ensure that any information, guidance, best practice and training produced as part of the project was fit for purpose and practical. The direct involvement of industry also helped to disseminate information and encourage buy-in from users. Pathway advisory groups are still used by the Marine Pathways Group
Photos from workshops led by the North Wales Marine Aliens project

Raising awareness of NNS - North Wales Marine Aliens Project

Monitoring and management of marine NNS is crucial to reduce their impact. A greater awareness and understanding of NNS will aid their monitoring and management.

In association with the marine pathways project, the North Wales Marine Aliens project was established. The aim of this project was to develop a network of volunteers engaged in marine non-native or alien species issues. Work by these volunteers facilitated the work of the marine pathways project team by aiding early detection of NNS introductions and prevention of their spread.

This marine aliens project was carried out during the winter of 2013/2014 through a series of workshops targeted at three specific communities, these were:

  • Outdoor activity sector.
  • Environmental professional and volunteers.
  • General interest, clubs & activity groups.
  • These workshops were held in Feb/Mar 2014 to which a total of 68 people attended.

Project webpages have been established on the North Wales Wildlife Trust website (external link)

The contents of these pages include species information, biosecurity and links to project partners. It is a fully bilingual resource which is continually updated to include new information. A North Wales Wildlife Trust facebook page was also created. Interested parties can join this and find out the most up to date information regarding Marine Alien Species research, discoveries and opportunities.

This work was led by Natural Resources Wales and the North Wales Wildlife Trust.

Project report: Developing a Network of Volunteers to Champion the Issue of Marine Alien Species (PDF) (North Wales Wildlife Trust and Natural Resources Wales, 2015).


  1. INNS Projects (Excel)
  2. INNS Project Plan (JPG)
  3. Introduction to the Workshop (PowerPoint)
  4. Marine Alien Species: An Overview (PowerPoint)
  5. Marine Alien Species: Champions (PowerPoint)
  6. Marine Alien Species: Biosecurity (PowerPoint)
  7. Event Poster Template (Word)
  8. CCD Marine Plants Bilingual (PDF)
  9. Mitten Crab (JPG)
  10. Pacific Oyster (JPG)
  11. Wakame (JPG)
  12. Slipper Limpet (JPG)
  13. Wireweed (JPG)
  14. Useful Links (JPG)
  15. Roller Marine Aliens (PDF)
  16. MASC Logo (JPG)
  17. MASC Logo (PNG)
  18. MAS Information (Word)
  19. NWWLT Marine Pathways Champions Project Report 31 March 2014 (PDF)
Experts discussing marine invasive species

Biosecurity Guidance

Analysis of the pathways by which species are arriving and spreading has identified key sectors whose activities can contribute to the spread of invasive species. These sectors are also part of the solution and can play an important role in invasive species management by implementing best practice biosecurity. The project worked with the Pathways Advisory Groups and other volunteer groups to incorporate advice on simple, easy and effective biosecurity measures and biosecurity planning into industry guidance and training. The specific aims of the marine pathways project work on biosecurity were:

  • Engagement with industry and dissemination of guidance leading to increased awareness of the potential impacts from invasive marine species which will hopefully lead to the sector voluntarily adopting best practice to limit the introduction and spread of high impact species now and in the future.
  • Increased awareness contributing to surveillance for potential invaders and better information on the distribution of species already established.

Marine pathways project members were involved in delivering guidance for producing site and operation-based plans for developing the introduction of non-native species.

Marine Biosecurity Planning Guidance Document for Scotland (external link) (Scottish Natural Heritage 2014)
Marine Biosecurity Plan Template - Construction Activities (Word)
Marine Biosecurity Plan Template - Events (Word)
Marine Biosecurity Plan Template - Estuary Wide (Word)

Example Biosecurity Plan - Dean and Reddyhoff Haslar Marina (PDF)
Example Biosecurity Plan - Quay Marinas Conway (PDF)

Marine Biosecurity Planning Project 2016/17 - Final Report to Natural England (PDF)

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