What is Biosecurity?
Scotland’s Environment and Rural Services (SEARS) in their Biosecurity Guidance states that ”Good biosecurity practice refers to a way of working that minimises the risk of contamination and the spread of animals and plant pests and diseases, parasites and non-native species”.
A Scottish Government report estimated the potential Net Economic Value loss to Scotland of the introduction of the salmon parasite Gyrodactylus salaris at £633 million with severe consequences for rural communities.
Why is biosecurity important
Good biosecurity is essential to protect the River Annan from the inadvertent introduction of invasive plants, animals and harmful pathogens. The introduction of harmful pests represents a major threat to the ecology of the river as well as the economically important fishery as well as having a severe impact on forestry and agriculture.
As a water user you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species form one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.
You can help to stop the spread of invasive pests by following three simple steps:
Check your equipment and clothing for live plants and animals – particularly in areas that are damp or hard to inspect.
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothing thoroughly.
Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions.
Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere.
Use the links and resources below to ensure you are doing all you can to stop the spread of Invasive Non-Native Species
Biosecurity for Everyone - We all run the risk of spreading invasive species. Find out how you can safeguard out water bodies.
Biosecurity for Anglers - Anglers are often in contact with Invasive species. Find out how you can help to protect our rivers and lochs.
Biosecurity for Boat & Kayak Users - All types of boats can transport invasive species between water bodies. Find out how to reduce the risk and protect our water environment.
Biosecurity for Boat Users
Biosecurity for Kayaks & Canoes
Biosecurity on the River Annan
A biosecurity plan has been developed for the River Annan and can be viewed here. The plan describes the current and potential biosecurity issues of the Annan catchment and presents actions that have been agreed with stakeholders for the prevention, early detection, control and mitigation of the introduction and spread of Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS), fish disease and parasites.
The River Annan biosecurity plan is part of a suite of plans that has been produced by trusts throughout Scotland.