Check Clean Dry
Check, clean and thoroughly dry equipment and clothing that comes in contact with the water before using again. If everything cannot be dry for at least 48 hours before re-entering the water, then disinfect it.
As a water user, you may unknowingly be helping to spread invasive species from one water body to another in equipment, shoes and clothing.
Help stop this happening by following three simple steps when you leave the water:
Contaminated gear (e.g. equipment, boats, footwear, and clothing) is one of the most common causes of the spread of invasive species to new waterways. Invasive plants and animals can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread on damp equipment and clothing. All water users can protect our wildlife and environment following the Check Clean Dry code. A range of guidance and awareness raising materials for anglers, boaters, canal users, paddle sport enthusiasts and other water users have been developed.
You can download these free materials for your club, local community and events:
View species profiles
View species profiles of some of the most invasive aquatic species spread that can be spread to new areas as hitchhikers. Report sightings of invasive species: records.biodiversityireland.ie/record/invasives
Click on image to access species profile information.
|Zebra mussel||Bloody-red shrimp||Killer shrimp (not in Ireland)||Quagga mussel|