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Biofouling and Corrosion Regulation

Any submerged structure will attract fouling and it is safe to assume that any fouling assemblage will contain non-native species. Emerging and existing UK and EU legislation requires that ‘all reasonable steps’ are taken to avoid the introduction and spread of ‘invasive’ non-native species, that is species that are detrimental to the environment, the economy or health.

Regular inspections undertaken alongside routine maintenance will cover you against potential litigation.
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European Union

Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidently or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year.

European Commision Invasive Alien Species EU Regulation

The Regulation: EU No 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species

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United Kingdom

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) is the principal UK legislation dealing with non-native species. 

Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Legislation


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