Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point Planning

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Invasive species have a profound effect on ecosystems resulting in the displacement of native species, reduced biodiversity, and alteration of community structure and food webs. In addition to the severe and permanent damage to the habitats they invade, invasive species also may adversely impact economic development, inhibit recreational and commercial activities, decrease the aesthetic value of nature, and serve as vectors of human disease.

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NOAA Fisheries photo

Most invasions are linked to human activities, either deliberate or unintentional, and may include natural resource management projects as these activities often take biologists, technicians, and their equipment to many different habitats. Planning is nothing new for biologists and natural resource managers, but applying Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning to natural resource work is a relatively new concept.

HACCP is five-step planning process that manages the risk of moving potentially invasive species during natural resource management or research activities.

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New Zealand Mudsnails, USGS photo

Understanding pathways and developing plans to remove non-target species and prevent biological contamination is necessary to avoid invasive species impacts. When it comes to natural resource management activities, species introductions should not be considered simply “accidental”. It is our responsibility as resource professionals to strive to do no harm. Understanding invasive species pathways and developing plans to remove hitchhiking species are necessary to prevent unintended spread.


Region 8 HACCP Files

To facilitate and expedite compliance with the National and Regional HACCP policy, the Regional AIS Program will organize training sessions upon field (FWOs, NFHs, FHC) offices’ request. Additional resources for the development of HACCP plans including the HACCP Manual, R8 HACCP form and HACCP training presentations are provided below. Additional information is available from the R8 AIS Program by contacting the Regional AIS Program Coordinator at (209) 334-2968 x 321

Region 8 HACCP Plans

Many of the field and research activities conducted by Field Offices in the Region 8 are similar in nature and involve standardized protocols and activities. Because of this it is possible to make use of an already developed HACCP plan by modifying it to fit a similar project or research activity.

To facilitate this knowledge sharing, Region 8 has posted current HACCP plans for its Field Offices. Although potential AIS species of concern are relatively consistent throughout the Region it is suggested that selecting a HACCP plan from a Field Office in the same general area as the proposed project would generate a more comprehensive local plan for the new project.

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Fish & Wildlife Service National Training Center HACCP web pages: