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vert bar Invasive Species Steering Group Meeting

29 November 2005
Canal Court Hotel, Newry.

1. Reports from technical working groups

Education and Awareness Group
  1. Project needs a “brand” and “messages”.
  2. Need to develop education strategy initiatives and engage with current ones.
  3. need to progress the stakeholder engagement aspects over the next phase.
  4. There is a need for a website to allow stakeholder engagement.
Freshwater Group
  1. Should focus on stage 2 species and demonstrate action through focusing on some species that can be tackled quickly. Proposed to remove some invasive species. - Hydrocotyle is isolated to a few waterbodies and could be a target.
  2. Vector pathways of extreme importance.
  3. Project should be a mechanism for action. There are plants and a fish that are localised and could be targeted. The role of group is to identify species and make recommendations.
Marine Group
  1. Risk assessment. The group examined species on WFD list. Recommended that WFD list draws on our list, and is re-assessed on the basis of our work.
  2. “Eradication” should be changed to “Control”.
  3. Recommend that there is an “amber” list of species to be watched out for – not high risk and requiring expenditure.
  4. Recommendations regarding phytoplankton to follow IMO guidelines. Phytoplankton removed from Risk Assessment.
Terrestrial Working Group
  1. Need for a Generic rapid response process.
  2. Policy on Biological control and how it could be implemented.
  3. Importance of engaging with Agriculture Departments.
2. Stakeholder Forum and Engagement
It was proposed that the first meeting is held in Belfast to coincide with the Dan Simberloff lecture.
3. Review of monitoring programmes.
The review of monitoring programmes will be discussed at the next steering group meeting.
4. Forward Planning for Phase 2
Tasks that have already been identified include develop rapid response facility, stakeholder engagement process, clear costed proposal for website, management plan for 2 species.
Freshwater Marine Terrestrial
Potential Non-native crayfish Undaria pinnatifida Large browsing mammals. Muntjak deer
Established Hydrocotyle ranuculoides Dideminum sp Rats on offshore islands

Action: the project team will develop management plans for the established species listed above, these will identify practical actions for eradication ‘quick wins’ and identify awareness raising opportunities. The project team will develop exclusion strategies/contingency plans for the potential invaders listed above.

5. Update from GB programme
Niall Moore reported on developments in GB. A ruddy duck eradication programme is being undertaken with 800 killed. The GB strategy has been development with public document ready in spring. The Forum meeting has been held, these are getting better each time.
6. Steering Group Membership
The terms of reference of the groups state that the chairs of the technical working groups and one other will be members of the steering group. Each group has selected two co-chairs who will attend steering group meetings:
Education and Awareness: Eileen Curry and Julia Sigwart
Terrestrial: Matthew Jebb and Richard Weyl
Marine: Liz Sides and Joe Breen
Freshwater: Peter Hale and Joe Caffrey