is one of the most popular leisure activities across Europe involving million
of people, who organize fishing trips in their areas, countries or even abroad.
As summer peaks up is time to remember how recreational fishers can help in tackling
the introduction and further spread of invasive alien species (IAS).
In the past, little
attention was paid on how recreational fishing can contribute to the
introduction of alien species, some of which showing invasive behaviour.
Fishing equipment, through the contact with water and the use of aquatic
species as baits, has been identified as a potential primary and secondary pathway
for the spread of IAS. Recreational fishers can have a pivotal role in
monitoring and stop the spread of IAS by adopting simple responsible behaviors
- follow the Check, Clean, Dry approach,
disinfecting fishing equipment,
- become aware of IAS and report
their presence in accordance with Member State guidelines,
- use only live baits complying
with local or national regulations, and use aquatic organisms only in the water
body from which these were collected.
recreational fishers, should follow the international and national legislations
and protect endangered species, helping this way to protect biodiversity,
increase the stability of native ecosystems, and reducing the potential of
successful IAS introductions.
You can find more advice
in the European Code of Conduct on Recreational
Fisheries and Invasive Alien Species.
NNSS Check, Clean, Dry campaign
Ontario Stop the spread of invasive species
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vector transporting marine invasive species
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