DEFRA plans tougher enforcement and higher fines for invasive species rules

DEFRA plans to introduce tougher civil and criminal penalties for breaches of invasive species rules

Many holding signal crayfish. Photograph: Ivan Kharchenko/123RF
Signal crayfish are a problem for England's rivers. Photograph: Ivan Kharchenko/123RF

DEFRA plans to toughen up invasive species rules with a new enforcement regime in England and Wales.

The EU Invasive Alien Species Regulations came into force on 1 January 2015 to prevent the spread of invasive non-native species across the EU, and DEFRA is now consulting on a new range of criminal and civil penalties to be applied where the rules are breached. 

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