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Public Consultation: Action Plan Addressing Escape From Confinement of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) of Union Concern 2020 (Pets, Aquaria and Terrarium species)


From: Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Environment & Resources Authority)
​Published: 11 December 2019
Running till: 29 January 2020
​Last Updated: 11 December 2019
1.        Background

In terms of Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), it is duly notified that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) has prepared an Action Plan Addressing Escape From Confinement of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) of Union Concern 2020 (Pets, Aquaria and Terrarium species), in line with Article 13 (Action plans on the pathways of invasive alien species) of Regulation (EU) No. 1143/2014 on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. 
Malta carried out a comprehensive analysis on the routes and mechanisms (pathways) of the unintentional introduction and spread of IAS of Union concern and identified the priority pathway for such species.  The analysis covered forty-eight species, and concluded that the principal mode of introduction/spread is through the escape from confinement of pet/aquarium/terrarium species. Indeed, four out of six IAS of EU concern that have been recorded in the Maltese islands (i.e. Red-eared slider, Red swamp crayfish, Marbled crab and Signal crayfish) are believed to have been introduced through this pathway.
This pathway includes both escapes (i.e. escapes of pet animals, spread of aquatic plants from garden ponds during heavy rains, inappropriate disposal of aquarium/garden pond waters containing seeds, plant fragments, eggs, larvae, and so forth) and the deliberate release of unwanted specimens. 
The Action Plan describes measures to address the highlighted pathway, and also includes a timetable for action.

2.        Consultation Questions

  1. Do you agree with the actions proposed in this action plan?
  2. Are there any other actions which you think should be included in the action plan?

4.        Submission of input

Submissions must be sent
in by email to the address:

Submissions must be received by 29 January 2020.                               
We thank you in advance for your input.
Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.
Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
Comments cannot exceed 10,000 characters. If you think your submission will exceed this limit please make use of the email address published on this consultation page.   

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.


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