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Environmental Audit Committee publish report on invasive non-native species

16 April 2014

Environmental Audit Committee publish report on invasive non-native species
The Environmental Audit Committee have today published their report on invasive non-native species

The report sets out the findings of the Committee's inquiry, which examined the measures covered in a proposed EU regulation on the management on invasive species, as well as proposals from the Law Commission to change the law on invasive species.

The Environmental Audit Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to consider to what extent the policies and programmes of government departments and non-departmental public bodies contribute to environmental protection and sustainable development; to audit their performance against such targets as may be set for them by Her Majesty’s Ministers; and to report thereon to the House.

European Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species

16 April 2014

European Parliament backs EU-wide plans to stem the spread of invasive alien species
The European Parliament have backed measures to stop invasive non-native species of plants or insects from getting into the EU, or to limit the ecological and economic damage caused by those that do.

Read the full press release by European Parliament here


Five invasive aquatic plant species banned from sale

06 April 2014

Five invasive aquatic plant species banned from sale

Defra has banned the sale of five of the most invasive aquatic plant species from 6 April 2014:

The ban means all retailers in England must stop selling these plants or face a fine of up to £5000 and / or up to six months in prison


European Commission announces agreement on IAS Regulation

06 March 2014

European Commission announces agreement on IAS Regulation
MEPs and the Greek presidency of the Council have agreed plans to prevent the introduction or halt the spread of invasive alien species. The draft legislation, which would require EU member states to coordinate their efforts, provides for a ban on species declared to be of “Union concern”.

If endorsed by the committee of member states’ permanent representatives (COREPER) on Friday 7 March, the agreement is to be put to a vote in the Environment Committee on 19 March.

Read the full press release here

Marine Pathways Project Newsletter

04 March 2014

Marine Pathways Project Newsletter
The Marine Pathways Project is concerned with the management of pathways by which marine invasive non-native species may be introduced into the UK and Ireland and will therefore contribute to the delivery of the non indigenous species descriptor of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Current funding will enable the project to run until March 2015.

A newsletter is produced to raise awareness of the Marine Pathways Project and provide a means of sharing information about current work being undertaken.

Contributions to the newsletter by stakeholders are also welcomed, for example, as a means by which to share ideas or raise concerns regarding the Marine Pathways Project or invasive non-native species.

Download the first newsletter here

New Code of Practice launched to encourage responsible pet ownership

21 February 2014

New Code of Practice launched to encourage responsible pet ownership

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA) have joined forces to launch a new Code of Practice for traders and pet owners to help encourage responsible ownership.

The vast majority of non-native pets in the UK are ornamental fish and reptiles so the code outlines people’s responsibilities when they keep animals that are foreign to the UK, in particular the importance of making sure they do not escape into the wild and cause a problem to native wildlife.

The code covers three main issues for pet owners when it comes to buying and keeping a non-native pet:

  • The importance of not releasing the pet into the wild or allowing it to escape
  • The need to properly dispose of old bedding and pet litter so that eggs and pests can’t get into the wild
  • The importance for owners of researching and preparing themselves for all that’s involved in keeping their chosen pet for the whole of its life.

It also urges traders involved in selling pets to:

  • Make sure customers know and understand all the commitments involved for the pet they want to buy
  • Make sure pets are free of pests and parasites as far as possible when they’re sold

Click here for more information and here to download the Code of Practice.


Invasive non-native species in the Solway - pocket guide to identifying marine INNS

19 February 2014

Invasive non-native species in the Solway - pocket guide to identifying marine INNS

"The spread of marine invasive non-native species (INNS) can lead to financial costs for fisheries, aquaculture, commercial and leisure marine sectors. They can also damage local species and habitats which can impact on the food chain and biodiversity. A pocket guide is now available to help identify marine INNS in the Solway. Click here to download your copy from the Solway Firth Partnership website. Hard copies of the ID guide will be available shortly at harbours and ports around the Solway."



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