Biosecurity is a relatively modern term which, in the context of non-native species of plants and animals, is related to measures that need to be taken to minimise their introduction and spread. Biosecurity matters because once non-native species become established, they threaten natural biodiversity while also potentially impacting industries reliant on the marine environment.
It is estimated that the direct cost of non-native species to marine industries in the UK is over £40 million per year. These marine industries include aquaculture, shipping, recreational boating, fisheries and power generation.
It is advised that owners and operators of all finfish and shellfish farms, small harbours, visitor moorings, mooring associations, boatyards, marinas and slipways, should develop site-based biosecurity plan for marine species that have been introduced to waters outside their natural range by human action: Marine Biosecurity Planning.
Tritonia Scientific has many years’ experience of undertaking sub-tidal surveys for non-native species. As well as documenting the presence of invasives, the company can provide accurate GPS-based mapping of outbreaks, sample and preserve suspected specimens, and liaise with regulatory authorities concerning methods of containment or removal. We can also develop and implement reasonable surveillance and monitoring programmes following an invasion.