Marine Invasive Species

With BIM’s Assistance Aquaculture businesses throughout Ireland have conducted voluntary Invasive Alien Species Risk Assessments on their farms.

Invasive alien species pose a serious and growing threat to the aquaculture industry. Under European legislation Ireland is obliged to take proactive steps to reduce the risk of the introduction, establishment and spread of invasive alien species. While many non-native species that arrive in aquaculture do not become invasive, some non-native species can have significant and lasting economic and environmental impacts. Some species can directly impact the growth and survival of aquaculture stock.

Developing a robust biosecurity strategy and implementing best practice procedures to reduce the risk of invasive species impacts is a key step in safeguarding the industry and providing producers with the necessary tools to protect their stock. In 2017 BIM developed a generic risk assessment and biosecurity guidelines for aquaculture businesses, with the aim of bringing awareness to, and encouraging voluntary action by, as many growers as possible.

BIM works with national and state agencies to share knowledge and information around marine invasive species and the development of strategies to curb the introduction, spread and impact of these invasive species on our marine environment.


The Marine Invasive Species project is funded through the Knowledge Gateway Scheme which is established under Union Priority 2 of Ireland’s Operational Programme under the EMFF and is co-funded by the Irish Government and the EU.


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Aquaculture Environmental Officer

Gráinne Devine

Green Programme Coordinator

Martina O'Brien