The fight to stop the spread of invasive aquatic species in Ireland took to the frontline at the weekend with the launch by Minister Fergus O’Dowd of an Individual Angler Disinfection Kit – the first of its type in the world.
The kits are produced by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and funded by the CIRB (Controlling Invasives, Restoring Biodersity) INTERREG IVA Project, and were launched at the Ireland Angling Show 2013 on Sunday 17 February.
The kit is available in a durable and convenient kit bag and comprises 20 Virkon Aquatic (50g) tablets; a 500ml plastic trigger spray bottle; disposable gloves; a stiff bristle brush for cleaning boots, etc; a practical instruction manual; invasive species identification cards on a handy key ring; a metal ‘Stop the spread of invasive species’ badge; and an array of useful and relevant invasive species literature….
Afloat.ie 19/02/2013 Read the article ‘Minister Launches ‘World First’ angling Kit to combat Invasive Species’

Minister Fergus O'Dowd at the launch of the disinfectant kit
Minister Fergus O'Dowd at the launch of the disinfectant kit

The Minister addresses the crowd at the launch
The Minister addresses the crowd at the launch