Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has grown exponentially as a recreational activity over recent years. It is very accessible and relatively cheap and easy to get involved with, and also great fun and relaxing too ( I love it)!
So, we suddenly have a huge additional biosecurity Invasive Non-native Species (INNS) threat which needs to be addressed. Unlike the traditional riparian activities such as angling and kayaking, many of the new users are not part of larger organisations, do not have to buy a license and are rather autonomous. This all makes spreading the word of biosecurity to them rather more difficult.
This is why I am very pleased to announce our first SUP partner here at AQUA, Channel Kayaks of Bath, who now are on their journey to be accredited for an AQUA biosecurity award very soon. They have been a joy to work with, totally onboard (pardon the pun!) with the need to spread the word on INNS and the critical need for biosecurity to maintain a healthy balance in our ecosystems. The great thing about paddle boards is that there are not a huge amount of nooks and crannies INNS can lurk in so much of the physical biosecurity work can be achieved with a simple wipe down of excess water and a dry in the sun! For further instruction please click onto this Youtube link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIJmnBkPS_A)
Welcome to the AQUA family Channel Kayaks!