Following the recent success of the Biosecurity plans developed by the Rivers and Fisheries Trust Scotland (RAFTS), the Rivers Trusts (RT), RAFTS, Natural England and the Environment Agency have collaborated in the development of two Biosecurity Plans in England. The CFINNS Initiative was chosen to lead with the Biosecurity Plan for Cumbria as a pilot for a potential national programme of action.
The plan provides a basis for local action to address Cumbria’s freshwater and riparian biosecurity issues. It has an adaptive lifespan of five years and, its outcomes and impacts will be reviewed and incorporated into subsequent versions of the plan. Although it is not a legal instrument per se, it utilises existing legal and regulatory instruments. As such the implementation of the plan will rely on the formation of strong local partnerships founded on solid legal and policy principles by interested parties.
Site specific biosecurity plans
The CFINNS Initiative is leading the way forward in promoting freshwater biosecurity and is working closely with organisations which utilise waters for recreation, business or utility service provisions. Individually tailored freshwater biosecurity plans have been written for a number of organisations including Electricity North West Ltd and Aquatic Control Engineering. Each comprehensive biosecurity plan includes risk assessments, method statement reviews, on-site tool box talks, pre mid and post surveys and reports. Each comprehensive biosecurity plan includes risk assessments, method statement reviews, on-site tool box talks, pre mid and post surveys and reports.Contact the Coordinatorfor more information.