Nov 12, 2015

Review of the report 'Marine Invasive Non-Native Species in the Solway'

The first Biosecurity Plan for the Solway was produced by Solway Firth Partnership in 2013 following stakeholder consultation in 2012.  A review of that plan has now taken place.



The purpose of the plan was to describe the biosecurity issues of the Solway and present actions that hadbeen agreed with stakeholders for the prevention, early detection, control and mitigation of the introduction and spread of Marine Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) and those INNS of freshwater and brackish water that impact on the marine and coastal environment.  The vision of the plan was:


‘To establish a sustainable framework for preventing, detecting and controlling marine invasive non-native species within the Solway Firth Partnership area through appropriate management, data collection, liaison and education.’


The mid-term review of the plan was an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the last 2 years - production of an ID guide for the Solway and a monitoring trial at Silloth Harbour - along with a look at the actions which are still required for the future.  Two species have been added to the list of INNS present in the Solway - the American lobster and the Japanese skeleton shrimp - a reminder that we need to remain vigilant for new species.  


A copy of the draft Marine INNS in the Solway can be accessed here 

Comments / additional information are welcome and should be sent to by Monday 14 December.


Solway Firth Partnership