The Solent Forum

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Alien Species

Invasive non-native or ’alien’ species are a global problem that present a threat to biodiversity and conservation efforts.  Increases in shipping, recreational boating, offshore energy and aquaculture activity have led to an increase in global introductions of marine aliens.  

The GB Non-Native Species Information Portal

The Non-native Species Secretariat has responsibility for helping to coordinate the approach to invasive non-native species in Great Britain. They are responsible to a Programme Board which represents the relevant governments and agencies of England, Scotland and Wales. First published in 2008, and updated in 2015, the GB Invasive Non-native Species Strategy was developed to meet the challenge posed by invasive non-native species in Great Britain. The Portal provides tools and information for those working to support the strategy.

The Check, Clean, Dry Campaign helps to guide water users, such as recreational boaters, on how to prevent the spread of invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.

Species alerts help to inform people working in the natural environment about new alien species or the spread of existing ones. There is also a series of ID sheets to help people identify non-natives.