This order will enforce the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 in Northern Ireland. This Order aims to prevent and manage the introduction and spread of invasive alien species through the application of offences, enforcement powers and permit and licence regimes for activities involving invasive alien species
The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and Permitting) Order (Northern Ireland) 2019 comes into force on 1 December 2019.
What is being introduced?
The 2019 order will enforce the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 in Northern Ireland. This Regulation aims to prevent and manage the introduction and spread of invasive alien species.
Offences and Penalties
Criminal offences are introduced for breaches of the Invasive Alien Species Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014, including:
It is also an offence to make:
If found guilty of an offence a person may be liable to imprisonment of up to 2 years, or a fine.
Transfers enforcement powers from the EU Commission to Magistrates’ Courts. Enforcement officers and customs officials have the powers to enforce the Order which include:
Live specimens of invasive species can be seized by Border Force officials.
Permits may be issued to import, keep, and breed of specimens (but not for sale or release as this is prohibited at all times) in the following cases:
Permits can be revoked or suspended at any time where the relevant authority feels there is a risk of negative environmental impact, risk of escape, or spread.
Licenses may be issued for the following activities involving invasive alien species:
Licences may be modified, suspended, or revoked by the regulator at any time.
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