European Commission announces agreement on IAS Regulation
06 March 2014
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
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
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
Invasive non-native species in the Solway - pocket guide to identifying marine INNS
19 February 2014
"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."
Wildlife Law: Control of Invasive Non-native Species
11 February 2014
From the Law Commission:
"Invasive non-native species are ones that arrive as a result of human action and cause environmental and economic damage. They pose a significant threat to ecosystems as well as damaging property and infrastructure. Existing law does not contain sufficient powers to allow for their timely and effective control or eradication. Our recommendations in relation to species control orders will allow for a proportionate and necessary response to an increasing problem."
Click here to download a copy of the report
Invasion of alien species to Ireland on the increase
06 February 2014
Invasion of alien species to Ireland is on the increase with nearly four times more seen in the wild in the last century than the previous one. Help is needed to combat their threat to our biodiversity, economy and health.
- 13% of the alien species are listed as invasive species which have a negative impact on our economy and biodiversity
- The estimated annual cost of alien species to Ireland is €261 million
- 31 identification sheets have been produced to help people identify some of the invasive species already in Ireland and others that might soon arrive
- This is a call to everyone to help prevent their introduction to Ireland and the wild and to report sightings of them.
“We all have our part to play in protecting Ireland’s biodiversity and economy” says Colette O’Flynn. She continues, “with the worrying increasing trend in invasions we must carefully consider the types of plants and animals we are bringing into the country and be sure that we do not allow the invasive species to enter into the wild”. To aid with identifying and reporting sightings of these invasive species, the National Biodiversity Data Centre has produced 31 identification sheets and supported development of the Invasives Ireland phone app by Longford County Council. Interestingly, half of the 12 invasive species recorded between 2001 and 2010 were first seen and reported by members of the public. These included reports of Siberian chipmunk, Chinese mitten-crab and Harlequin ladybird.
The report Ireland’s invasive and non-native species – trends in introductions published today by the National Biodiversity Data Centre [Thursday, February 6th, 2014] reveals their increase in introductions to our shores and looks at new invader species which could arrive in the future. To date, the majority of invasive species in Ireland are plants, but the future trend may be towards invertebrate and vertebrate species comprising a greater percentage of all new arrivals. Species such as Killer shrimp, Raccoon dog or the Oak processionary moth.
Colette O’Flynn, one of the report’s authors notes that ‘the percentage of invasive species in Ireland is comparable to other European countries as is the dramatic recent increase in introductions which is linked to increased movement of people and goods throughout the world’. Colette O’Flynn urges the “need for analysis to identify where the species are being introduced from and how they are getting here as they may be introduced through intentional trade or unintentional ‘hitchhiking’. Knowing this can help us see how best to prevent these species invading Ireland”.
The report also highlights that while the majority of species are found in the terrestrial environment the rate of increase in introductions is increasing for all environments with the greatest increase for the freshwater environment since 1980. The freshwater environment is also the only environment where analysis indicates that freshwater non-native species are more likely to be high impact invaders where they are introduced.
To download the identification sheets, see what invasive species we have in Ireland or if any are already reported in your area visit the National Invasive Species Database website http://invasives.biodiversityireland.ie/trends-report/.
Click here to download a copy of the report
Online forum for Local Action Groups
05 February 2014