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Biosecurity of Freshwater Invasive Species - WC07100

There are 3 main sections to this project:
1) Review of use of temperature stress for decontaminating equipment, used in water, from Invasive non-native species (INNS). The outputs will help us to enhance our messages on aquatic biosecurity through Check, Clean, Dry particularly the ‘Clean’ element. We have had a number of queries on the most effective way of doing this.
2) Review of pressure washers and steam cleaners ability to deliver lethal temperatures for effective use for decontaminating larger equipment (e.g. boats) from INNS.
3) Lessons learned exercise from biosecurity campaigns in New Zealand to inform future direction here including GB INNS Strategy Review.
Part 1. Testing of hot water treatment methods in the control of invasive freshwater species:

1. To test efficacy of hot water on the control of (at least) the following species Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) Signal crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus), Floating pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides), and Curly water weed (Lagarosiphon major).
2. To conduct a literature review on the use of pressure washers and steam cleaners in the control of invasive species, including work conducted by Norfolk Broads.
3. To undertake testing of steam and pressure cleaners to assess the effectiveness in the control of aquatic INNS.
4. Provision of result and advice.
Part 2. The assessment of a long standing biosecurity programme:

The aim of the work will be for a student (Lucy Anderson) to spend 6 weeks at the Bay of Plenty gathering information on the biosecurity programme to answer the following questions:
1. How has the programme been implemented (including monitoring of success)?
2. Has the programme been effective?
3. Has the programme been cost effective?
4. How could the programme be improved?
5. What lessons can be learnt on the implementation of a sustainable biosecurity programme relevant to the UK?
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Aquatic biosecurity best practice - lessons learned from New Zealand   (1033k)
• FRP - Final Report : Effectiveness of hot water as a biosecurity tool for aquatic invasive species.   (829k)
• FRP - Final Report : Pressure washer use in the control of aquatic invasive non-native species   (577k)
• EVID2 - Proposal for a research project : Biosecurity of Freshwater Invasive Species - EVID2 - Cefas Revised Submi (3)   (168k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2014

Cost: £33,489
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Alien Species              
Environmental Impact              
Natural Environment              
Pest Control              
Wildlife Management