Fishing abroad? Make sure you Check Clean Dry

If you take your fishing tackle abroad on holiday, make sure you don’t bring back more than you bargained for!

Invasive non-native plants and animals from all over the world have been introduced accidentally to British waters with over 50 freshwater species already present in our lakes, rivers and other waterways – and the number of new arrivals is increasing rapidly.

They cause serious environmental problems that can be irreversible – killing fish by spreading diseases and reducing the oxygen levels of the water, outcompeting other native wildlife for food and space, and damaging ecosystems. Invasive plants clog up waterways, making it hard to fish and increasing the risk of flooding.

Invasive non-native species can be small and hard to spot so are easily spread between waterbodies on wet nets, waders, clothing and unhooking mats, and some can survive out of water for over two weeks in damp conditions!

You can help protect the environment and fishing by remembering to Check Clean Dry your clothing and equipment when you leave the water. It’s even more important to Check Clean Dry if you’re taking your kit abroad to make sure you don’t bring any plants or animals back with you. Make sure everything is clean and has been dried thoroughly before you use it again at home.

Check Clean Dry

  • Check your gear after leaving the water for mud, aquatic animals or plant material. Remove anything you find and leave it at the site.
  • Clean everything thoroughly as soon as you can, paying attention to nets, waders and areas that are damp and hard to access. Use hot water if possible.
  • Dry everything for as long as possible before using elsewhere as some invasive plants and animals can survive for two weeks in damp conditions.

Find out more about invasive plants and animals and how you can help to stop the spread at: and on the Angling Trust website.

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