Aquatic pest biosecurity is important to ensure risk from aquatic pests are appropriately managed and that potentially significant impacts to South Australia’s industries, community and environment are minimised.
Prevention and early detection with rapid response are most effective for minimising the risks and consequences associated with aquatic pests.
South Australia’s aquatic pest management activities focus on:
Aquatic biosecurity is intrinsically linked throughout Australia on account of movements of people, equipment and vessels across water bodies (e.g. large vessels in marine waters and movement of pest species by the general public). Accordingly, national consistency is fundamental for how jurisdictions manage high risk pathways of introduction through:
- release of vessel ballast water
- biofouling of vessels and equipment
- importation/release of aquarium fish.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is involved with national committees and a state forum to support the coordinated management of aquatic pests.
Marine pests management
We are involved with the following committees to manage aquatic pests:
- The National System is overseen by the Marine Pest Sectoral Committee (MPSC)
- The National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS) gives information about pest species
- The Invasive Plants and Animals Committee (IPAC) is a national forum for the management of all vertebrate pests in Australia.
State Marine Biosecurity Forum
The biannual Marine Biosecurity South Australia Forum focuses on marine biosecurity issues of state or regional significance including:
- marine pests
- environmental fish kills.
The forum enables information sharing and activity coordination across:
- government groups
- non-government organisations
Freshwater pest fish management
Freshwater pest fish issues are currently managed by the IPAC through the Freshwater Fish Expert Group (FFEG).
The group has representatives from:
- the Federal Government
- all states and territories
- the Murray Darling Basin.
The group provides advice to the IPAC on issues such as:
- freshwater pest fish
- international best practice for freshwater pest fish management
- potential new freshwater pest fish
- ornamental pest fish
- noxious species listings.