The EU Invasive Alien Species List: Consequences and Guidance for Hunters

The European Union (EU) Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (IAS), which established the first EU list of IAS, came into force in July 2016. The list currently comprises 37 species (23 animals and 14 plants) considered to have potential adverse impacts across the EU.

This Regulation sets out the restrictions and measures that will now apply to the species on the Union list on keeping, importing, selling, breeding and growing.

Among the 23 animal species on the list, four are of interest to hunters. These are the Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), the Raccoon (Procyon lotor), the Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) and the Muntjac Deer (Muntiacus reevesii). Egyptian Goose (Alopochen egyptiacus), Raccoon Dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) and Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) could potentially be added.

Specifically, EU Member States are now required to take measures for early detection and rapid eradication of these species, and to manage species that are already widely spread in the territory of some Member States.

National hunting associations should discuss with their respective Government Ministries how they can be better supported in their efforts to monitor and control IAS. Important resources could include traps and trial cameras.

Guidance for hunters on IAS surveillance and management activities
The control of Invasive Alien Species represents a big challenge in which hunters play a significant role.

Bron: FACE | 11-01-2017

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