Check, Clean, Dry

Help stop the spread of non-native invasive freshwater plants and animals in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Invasive species can have a damaging impact on native plants, animals and ecosystems – by spreading disease, competing for habitat and food and direct predation.

Plants that grow profusely can block waterways while some animals can damage riverbanks – so they also affect economic uses of our environment and add significant management costs.

As a water user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.

Help stop this happening by following three simple steps when you leave the water 

Check, Clean, Dry & Stop The Spread

•  Check your equipment and clothing for living organisms
• Pay particular attention to areas that are damp or hard to inspect
Clean and wash all equipment, footwear and clothes thoroughly
If you do come across any organisms, leave them at the water body where you found them
Dry all equipment and clothing – some species can live for many days in moist conditions
Make sure you don’t transfer water elsewhere


More information and resources to download;

  Check Clean Dry, Stop The Spread Poster

Biosecurity for anglers video




 Stop The Spread Biosecurity for Anglers Leaflet

  Invasive Species Ireland/NIEA Biosecurity Poster  


Inland Fisheries Ireland biosecurity guidelines for anglers leaflet 

Inland Fisheries Ireland Guidance for Anglers  Poster

Inland Fisheries Ireland Biosecurity for Boats & Equipment

 Inland Fisheries Ireland Biosecurity Protocols for Field Work




Anglers Check Clean Dry A3 sign 

The Angler Disinfection Kit as Recommended by IFI 
Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland