CANCELLED - Developing Research Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species
Sunday, August 4, 2013: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
101C, Minneapolis Convention Center
Douglas A. Jensen, University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program
Ronald Kinnunen, Michigan Sea Grant College Program
Class exercises in biology at all levels create risks for spreading potentially harmful terrestrial and aquatic invasive species by field gear and movement of plants, fish, and other organisms. University funded research projects are often obligated to use responsible practices and protocols to satisfy research permits and to meet local or state regulations when working on infested lands or waters. Field studies are diverse and complex, as are the risks for spreading invaders. Without adequate risk assessment of individual operations, unwanted species may be inadvertently spread. Knowing whether activities pose risks is the first step. Instructors and students alike must then recognize when and where to take effective precautions. By attending this training workshop, researchers may better assess risks for spread based on their work and create protocols based on HACCP that will prevent spread of invasive species. HACCP (pronounced "has-sip") is a flexible approach that stresses appropriate procedures and verification that can ensure that research pose minimal risk for spread. Importantly, it requires records be kept and procedures verified which provides assurance that the HACCP protocol is being followed and that it works. Participants will receive certification, a training manual, companion video, CD, and other materials.