Thursday, 17 April 2014

EU blacklist to stop spread of alien species

By Claire Marshall
BBC environment correspondent

The BBC's Claire Marshall goes in search of the killer shrimp, a species which is threatening British fish stocks

The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight invasive alien species such as killer shrimp and Japanese knotweed spreading.

There will be a ban on the possession, transport, selling or growing of species deemed as of "Union Concern".

The list was going to be restricted to 50, but will now have no limit. It is not clear which species will be banned.

A deal between EU member states effectively means the bill will pass and become law within a few months.

This comes as MPs slam current government policy on controlling alien species as "not fit for purpose".

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