Fish and Aquatic Conservation


Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

The pathways used by invasive species to move into new locations are not always obvious. Many problematic species, diseases, and parasites have been transferred to new locations as undetected (and uplanned) hitchhikers. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning is a management tool that provides a structured method to identify risks and focus procedures that is being successfully used in natural resource pathway activities. Understanding pathways and developing plans to reduce non-target species and prevent biological contamination is necessary to avoid unintended spread of species.

HACCP Training is available from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center http://training.fws.gov.

HACCP-Trainees will be able to...

  • Describe natural resource pathways and risks

  • Explain the value and importance of pathway management planning

  • Summarize principles of HACCP planning as a pathway management tool

  • Recognize differences and relationships between non-target species, aquatic nuisance species, invasive species, native and non-native species

  • Compare control points and critical control points

  • Develop pathway management plans using a Microsoft Windows-based tool

  • Evaluate pathway plans for completeness and accuracy.

For more information on HACCP planning for natural resource management, please visit The HACCP Natural Resource Management web site. This site contains HACCP plans from all parts of the United States and a web-based “Wizard” to create your own plan!

Last updated: September 25, 2014