New Zealand Mud Snail HACCP Training for Fish Hatcheries

Wednesday, January 26 2011

The potential exists for aquatic nuisance species, such as New Zealand mud snails, to spread to uninfested waters through the transport of fish. A free training is planned Feb. 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the University of Idaho Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station to help workers at public and private fish hatcheries that transport fish outside of the known established distribution of New Zealand mud snails within the state of Idaho.
Participants will become familiar with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture rules governing invasive species. The new ISDA rule specifically identifies a HACCP plan as one of the forms of documentation that can be used to satisfy permit requirements. The basic principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) will be taught and how these principles apply to preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species. Participants will "walk through" a current HACCP plan to identify critical control points and potential limits for control measures. At the completion of the training participants will be able to develop site specific HACCP plans for their hatcheries.
Pre-registration required by calling Gary Fornshell at the Twin Falls County Extension office at (208) 734-9590 to sign up for the training by Feb. 16 or for additional information. The training will be held at University of Idaho Hagerman Fish Culture Experiment Station, 3059 National Fish Hatchery Road, #F, Hagerman, telephone: (208) 837-9096.
The training is ponsored by the Idaho Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and University of Idaho Extension.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodations need to contact Fornshell by Feb. 16 at (208) 734-9590 or email