The Cumbria Freshwater Invasive Non-Native Species (CFINNS) Initiative, funded by Natural England and the Environment Agency, has recently produced a freshwater Biosecurity Plan for the county.
This innovative plan, the first of its kind in England, will help to protect freshwaters from new INNS and best manage those already present. The Cumbria plan has been developed with assistance from the Rivers and Fisheries Trust Scotland (RAFTS) and the Rivers Trust. Such plans are now urgently required for every catchment across Britain as part of a wider programme of action.
The Rivers Trust movement can play a key role in supporting this objective, making full use of the professional and volunteer network to build the local awareness and partnerships that are critical to the long-term success of biosecurity plans. Moreover, a number of rivers trusts have on-going project experience in tackling freshwater INNS. Bekka Corrie-Close, the coordinator of the CFINNS Initiative is hosted by South Cumbria Rivers Trust.
For more information on the Cumbria Plan email; email@example.com or visit www.scrt.co.uk/cfinns
The Rivers Trust and RAFTS jointly organized the third sector GB Invasive Non Native species and biosecurity conference in June 2011. More information and presentations from the conference available on our web site here