In 2010 the Spey Foundation published the River Spey Biosecurity Plan 2010 – 2015. This plan describes the biosecurity issues of the Spey Fishery District and presents actions that have been agreed with stakeholders for the prevention, early detection, control and mitigation of the introduction and spread of selected invasive non native invasive species (INNS), fish diseases and parasites. The vision of this plan is:
‘To establish a sustainable framework that will prevent, detect, control and eradicate invasive non-native species within the Spey district through appropriate management, data collection, liaison, and education’
This vision will be achieved through the realisation of three objectives:
Objective 1: Reduce the risk of the introduction and spread of identified INN species within the Spey district.
Objective 2: Develop coordinated detection and surveillance of, and rapid response to, new INN species
Objective 3: Develop coordinated control and eradication programmes for identified INN species
High priority biosecurity issues are prevention of the introduction of American Signal Crayfish, fish diseases and management and control of invasive riparian and instream plants such as ranunculus and giant hogweed.