Under this order it will become an offence to intentionally bring invasive alien species (IASs) into the UK, to keep them, breed them, place them on the market or to release them to the environment.
The order also sets out the permits and licenses required to import, keep and breed specimens and defines offences and enforcement powers.
The order comes into force on 1 October 2019.
The order regulates imports into and exports of species across the entire UK.
Otherwise, the order only applies to England and Wales.
What is being introduced?
It is an offence to intentionally bring invasive alien species (IASs) into the UK, to keep them, breed them, place them on the market or to release them to the environment.
Permits and Licences (England and Wales)
Schedule 2 provides lists animals and plans that constitute IASs. Permits or licences will need to be obtained to import, keep and breed specimens. Permit and licence holders must comply with the conditions they include.
Activities involving IASs where a permit may be obtained are listed in Article 35.
Licences may be issued for certain activities involving IASs, including action to eradicate or control IASs. Article 36 states activities where a licence may be obtained.
Enforcement and Offences
Part 2 defines offences under this legislation. Regulators may also apply civil sanctions, including compliance, stop or restoration notices, monetary penalties and the power to enter into enforcement undertakings with the offender as an alternative to prosecution.
Entry and inspection powers are also provided for regulators.
EU Regulation No 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species came into force in January 2015 and was designed to prevent, minimise or mitigate the adverse impact of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (IAS) within the EU.
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