Biosecurity, the management of movement or introduction of non-target species, especially invasive non-native species and disease, is a crucial part of a successful enhancement project. As with other areas, there is a lot of advice available and it is helpful to have nominated member(s) of your group who keep up to speed on this important issue. It is advisable to talk to SEPA, NatureScot and the Scottish Government’s Marine Directorate with regard to your biosecurity plan.
A biosecurity plan should be appropriate to your activities and may be as simple as doing a risk assessment to ensure that equipment does not spread disease, seeds or other material between sites. Biosecurity becomes a little more complex when considering introduction of material, cultch to support native oyster restoration for example.
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