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Angling Trust joins Biosecurity Minister to celebrate success of Check Clean Dry initiative


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Biosecurity Minister Lord Gardiner met with the Angling Trust, water companies and other partners at a House of Lords reception to celebrate the work of the Check Clean Dry campaign.

The scheme aims to stop the spread of invasive species such as killer shrimp and floating pennywort which can cause massive damage to the water environment and threaten fishing.

Lord Gardiner said:

“Invasive species threaten the survival of our country’s native plants and animals and cost the economy at least £1.8 billion a year.

“The Check, Clean, Dry campaign plays a key role in raising awareness of these threats; preventing new arrivals, and stopping the spread of these species. It is great to see water companies supporting this programme to protect the future of our native species.

“By working together we can make sure more water sports enthusiasts know how important it is for them to check, clean and dry their clothing and equipment.”

Angling Trust Head of Freshwater Mark Owen said:

“We have made great progress in educating anglers and other water users on the importance of following the simple Check, Clean, Dry procedures to help stop the spread of non-native invasive species.

“However, anglers must continue to remain vigilant. Our research work has identified a potential threat from invasive aquatic species in the Netherlands and France which are not currently present in the UK.”

Environment Agency Chief Executive Sir James Bevan said:  

“Healthy rivers and lakes are vital to our economy and wellbeing, which is why it is so important to reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species. Water company support in promoting the Check, Clean, Dry campaign is a welcome boost.”

Check Clean Dry was launched in 2011 following the first record of killer shrimp in the UK in 2010. It was developed in partnership with key stakeholders including the Angling Trust, Royal Yachting Association and British Canoeing to encourage recreational water users to follow good biosecurity practice and prevent the spread of this species and other invasive aquatics.

Since 2011, over 75,000 leaflets and 2,700 biosecurity signs have been sent to angling, sailing and canoeing clubs across the UK and the government has spent £5 million on aquatic invasive species since introducing the Non-Native Species Strategy in 2008.
The Check Clean Dry awareness campaign helped to slow the spread of killer shrimp which is still only present in four locations.

  • The Angling Trust's Invasive Non-Native Species programme is supported by the Environment Agency and funded by fishing licence money. Find out more
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