Abstracts of presentations given on Tuesday, 12 July 2005, in session 1 of the UCOWR conference.


Many invasive species have moved unintentionally through human assisted pathways causing significant environmental and economic impact. Identifying pathways likely to spread species and preventing introductions is inconsistent from office to office and between agencies. Industry’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) planning has been modified slightly as a management strategy to remove hitchhiking species from any pathway. HACCP planning is a straightforward method to identify problems and minimize the threat of pathway introductions through strategic removal of contaminating hitchhikers at critical control points. Industry has used this tool since the 1960s. Recently, it has been recognized for its value in pathway management. HACCP’s five linked planning forms systematically evaluate risks and focuses science-based risk removal procedures for maximum affect at key pathway junctions. This presentation describes HACCP planning and how implementing this preventative concept can block unintended introductions on a large-scale basis.