The Solent Forum

Working in partnership for the future

Solent Biosecurity Planning

The Solent Forum and partners have developed these webpages to help people working and living in the Solent to find out more about marine invasive species, how to identify and prevent them and how to manage them using biosecurity measures. Having measures in place is good practice to protect the natural environment of the Solent and our local businesses, fulfil any statutory environmental duties and assist with future licence and consent applications. We have provided an additional focus on three areas with more site specific information:

What are marine invasive species?

Invasive species are those that have been transported outside their natural range and damage our environment, the economy, our health and the way we live.Once established marine invasive species are extremely difficult to eradicate, control and manage. Shipping, ferries and recreational boating are known ways that species travel between areas and the Solent has high volumes of these activities. The risk of successful establishment is also increased by the presence of artificial structures a factor that is highly relevant to certain areas of the Solent that have been developed.

Marine invasive species pose a threat to the Solent’s native biodiversity and recreation and fishery industries, especially shellfisheries, due to their potential to threaten native species, habitats or whole ecosystems. They also interfere with the operation of man-made structures and business interests through increased maintenance and cleaning of vessels and infrastructure. 

What is marine biosecurity planning? 

Biosecurity planning is developing a set of measures that aim to prevent the introduction and spread of marine invasive species. Please see the quick links box to access more information on preventing their arrival and limiting their spread once established.

How people living and working in the Solent can be involved

During the lifetime of this project we would like to build a network of interested organisations and groups in the Solent for each of our focus areas. We can then share information with you on this topic and invite you to the relevant free workshops, the first of which will be held in March 2023. Please can you fill in our online form or email us if you would like to attend a workshop or receive further information.