Fish and Aquatic Conservation

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)

photo of cleaning boat fighting invavsive species
Cleaning a boat in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Photo credit: St. Louis County.

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

HACCP-Trainees will be able to...

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!