22.08.12 - Call to Protect Against Invasive Species
CAISIE (Control of Aquatic Invasive Species in Ireland) is a LIFE+ EU funded project co-ordinated by Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Its objective is to control the spread of aquatic invasive species and increase awareness on this issue.
Ireland is famous for its large and unique biodiversity and green environement. However, it is vulnerable to threats such as direct habitat destruction, environmental pollution and invasive species. With the increase in globalisation, Irish native species and waterways are put in jeopardize and seriously are becoming infested with non-native invasive plants and animals.
This invasion can cost Irish economy millions of euros everyday to control as well as altering aquatic habitats and ecosystems by devastating fish stocks and other aquatic life.
Also, they can block waterways and thus restrict the general enjoyment of Irish waterways by the public in causing substantial damages.
Thus, it is essential for everybody to ensure that all equipment used in or near waterways, such as hiking boots, angling or leisure gear, are routinely inspected and disinfected following each outing.
CAISIE website gives relevant guidelines and simple methods of desinfection to help preserving our natural waterways environment.
For more information about aquatic invasive species in Ireland, please visit www.caisie.ie