Inspecting pontoons managed by Milford Haven Port Authority

The MBA is working with partners in the provision of biosecurity training and advice along with the development of biosecurity plans for specific sites, areas and activities. Biosecurity here means taking steps to make sure that good practices are in place to minimise the risk of spreading invasive non-native species. Having initially been involved in the provision of training regarding biosecurity, the current focus is on working with local management groups such as the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum, harbour authorities, marine industries, marina operators and many other organisations to develop biosecurity plans at a variety of levels from individual marinas around England and Wales to large areas such as the Tamar Estuaries area and the South Devon AONB. The MBA’s work involves analysing NNS already present in an area, horizon scanning for likely new arrivals and assessing their potential impacts, identifying the relevant vectors and pathways of introduction and then determining steps that can be put in place to prevent new introductions or mitigate the effects of those NNS already present.

Funding: Natural England, Welsh Resilient Ecosystems Fund, Bromley Trust.
Funding: Natural England, Welsh Resilient Ecosystems Fund, Bromley Trust.