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Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Pointsimage of two fish and wildlife employees with a fish net

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning is a management tool that provides a structured method to identify risks and focus procedures in natural resource pathway activities. Understanding pathways and developing plans to reduce non-target species and prevent biological contamination are necessary to avoid unintended spread of species.

HACCP Training for Natural Resource Managers is available from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at the National Conservation Training Center.

HACCP-Trained managers 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.

HACCPFor more information on HACCP planning for natural resource management, please visit, an internet repository of HACCP plans from all parts of the United States.



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