Invasive non-native species

 

Tackling invasive plants and animals from other countries that have been introduced outside of their normal habitat or native country

The RYA wants to achieve

  • Successful education of boaters to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species (INNS), ensuring they are following the 'Check, Clean, Dry' routine for both inland and coastal boating activities.  

  • Ensure any proposals to minimise the potential biosecurity risk of recreational boating are proportionate, enforceable and effective.

The RYA has successfully

  • Worked closely with the GB Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS), the Environment Agency, Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Marine Scotland and Invasive Species Ireland to develop guidance for recreational boaters on minimising the spread of invasive non-native species.

  • Continues to work closely with Government and water companies to ensure that reasonable advice is communicated to our members to protect our waters from invasive non-native species, ensuring that our activities are not restricted by closures or movement controls.

RYA position

  • There is no current evidence to suggest that the spread of invasive non-native species has been caused by recreational boaters. It is crucial that all water users take every possible precaution to stop these species spreading. 

  • The RYA is working closely with Government and water companies to ensure that reasonable advice is communicated to our members to protect our waters from invasive non-native species, ensuring that our activities are not restricted by closures or movement controls in the future.

Find out more

For more information on how invasive non-native species can affect biodiversity, human health and the economy, read this informative article by the European Environment Agency

Advice on boating best practice to avoid spreading invasive species can also be found on The Green Blue website.

For further advice, or to request leaflets or posters for your club contact environment@rya.org.uk