New sighting of Asian hornet in GB

  See press release from APHA/DEFRA here….. if you think you have seen one of these please enter your records at the 3 options highlighted on the poster below right. Please take photographs and submit them to assist confirmation by the experts;    

Fifth Outbreak of Crayfish Plague in Ireland

There is currently no confirmation that this outbreak is either related to the four previous ones, or a completely new strain of the contagious fungal disease, but tests are currently being carried out by the Fish Health Unit, in the Marine Institute, Galway to determine whether that is the case or not. An article in the […]

Beekeepers urged to be on lookout for Asian hornets

Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on the lookout for a hornet that kills our insects including honeybees. Beekeepers, gardeners and the general public are being asked by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to be on […]

Inland Fisheries Ireland Issue Species Alert for Non Native Salmon Species

Inland Fisheries Ireland has appealed to anglers and the general public to remain vigilant and report the presence of any Pacific pink salmon in Irish river systems. To date, 30 pink salmon have been recorded in  Irish rivers. Catches of pink salmon have been reported on the Foxford Fishery, Co. Mayo, the Coolcronan Fishery on […]

A reminder to pet shops from OATA

3 AUGUST 2017 Four popular pond plants must be cleared from shop shelves from today and can no longer be sold to the public. American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana), Lagarosiphon major and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) were banned from sale by the EU last year. Retailers were given 12 months to sell their stock. This deadline […]

Marine Pathways Project Newsletter July 2017

From a Northern Ireland perspective in relation to the 4 articles in this publication: Japanese Wakame occurs in Northern Ireland e.g. Carrickfergus and Glenarm A sample of Northern Ireland marinas are checked each year for non-natives species A Marine Biosecurity Planning Guide for Northern Ireland is in preparation American Lobster has also been recorded in […]

EU add a further 12 species to the List of Union Concern

On 13 July 2017 the European Commission published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/1263 which will add a further 12 species to the current list of 37 species regulated under the EU Invasive Alien Species Regulation (1143/2014).  Find out more at Great Britain Non Native Species Secretariat here.   See the full list of species here

IFI Invasive Species app now available from Google Play and iTunes

Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched an exciting new smart phone app that is now available for free download from the Google Play and iTunes App Store stores. The easy to use and readily accessible ‘IFI – Invasive Species’ app will aid users in the identification of invasive species and permit them to take georeferenced photographs […]

Chalara disease found in young ash trees The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has today confirmed a finding of the disease (Chalara fraxinea) at a site in County Leitrim. The disease is known as ash dieback and it is a first finding for Ireland. The disease causes significant damage and has spread rapidly in continental Europe where it is […]

Marine Non-native Species Network Analysis

Modelling the risk of the introduction and spread of non-indigenous species in the UK and Ireland Download full report. Executive summary Non-indigenous species (NIS) pose a major threat to global biodiversity, and incur significant economic costs. As a result it is necessary to prevent their introduction and spread. This is reflected in the requirement to […]

Invasive Species Ireland

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