The easy to use and readily accessible app will aid users in the identification of invasive species. It will permit users to take geo-referenced photographs that will immediately be uploaded to the IFI server. The information so received will be reviewed and uploaded onto the IFI species database. If the sighting is of something new or particularly worrying it will trigger an immediate on-site survey by IFI staff.
Asian Clams as collected by the CAISIE LIFE project (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. IFI will promote, support, facilitate and advise the Minister on, the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling and develop and advise the Minister on policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling.
Close-up of Himalayan Balsam along the Mulkear River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)
The development of this app continues the work of IFI as part of a major coordinated campaign that aims to:
• Create awareness among the widest range of stakeholders and the public at large of the dangers posed by invasive species and pathogens to our natural biodiversity, but also to our health and economy;
• provide an updated, modern and efficient mechanism to both identify invasive species but also to simultaneously report possible new sightings to IFI (IS app);
• put in place practical measures that will help to stop the introduction and spread of unwanted species and organisms to and in our watercourses (Disinfection facilities);
• provide practical aids to the identification of those priority invasive species (Key ring card set) that are already present on our island and also those that research analysis has indicated will likely arrive on our shores soon if preventative measures are not immediately taken;
Background information on invasive species.
Giant Hogweed control site on the Newport River (Image: Ruairí Ó Conchúir)