Check, Clean, Dry

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

  • 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

•  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


Resources to download;

Check Clean Dry Stop the Spread
of Invasive Aquatic Species Poster

StopThe Spread / Check Clean
Dry Anglers Leaflet 2018
NIEA Check Clean Dry / Stop the Spread
urity for Water Users sign


 Invasive Species Ireland/NIEA Biosecurity Poster

Been Fishing Abroad A5 Leaflet

Fishing or Boating Abroad Tri – Fold Leaflet

National Biodiversity Data Centre Resources;



NPWS-Crayfish-Plague-A3-Prevent The Spread of Crayfish Plague Poster

Prevent Spread of Crayfish Plague Signage Produced by NPWS for Ireland Outbreaks

Map of Locations of Crayfish
Plague Outbreaks Ireland
The Angler Disinfection Kit as Recommended by IFI 

The kit comprises an instruction leaflet, 20 Virkon Aquatic (50 g) tablets, a 500 ml plastic trigger spray bottle, disposable gloves, a stiff bristle brush for cleaning boots, invasive species identification cards on a key ring, a metal ‘Stop the spread of invasive species’ badge, and an array of pertinent invasive species literature. All is contained in a convenient and durable carrier bag.

More information available at GBNNSS Biosecurity for anglers page

Inland Fisheries Ireland Resources:


 Inland Fisheries Ireland Biosecurity
Protocols for Field Work

Inland Fisheries Ireland Guidance
for Angl
ers Poster


Inland Fisheries Ireland Biosecurity for Boats and Equipment

Inland Fisheries Ireland biosecurity
guidelines for anglers leaflet
Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland