Biosecurity Queensland has issued a call to action in the form of a marine pest survey to promote pest awareness and in turn, strengthen marine pest biosecurity in the Sunshine State.
Agriculture minister Mark Furner has placed the responsibility of marine biosecurity on everyone in the maritime sector.
“Biosecurity Queensland wants to know the boating practices people have now, and how much people know about marine pest biosecurity to help decide what areas to focus the education and awareness campaign on,” Mr Furner said.
“The survey will provide valuable information about current marine pest biosecurity knowledge including awareness, prevention, preparedness, identification and response to a suspected marine pest sighting.”
The survey, which is a product of the Queensland Marine Pest Prevention and Preparedness Project, will remain open until 29 March.
Marine pests are non-native plants and animals that invade and reproduce rapidly, carry disease and harm the infrastructure of commercial fisheries, ports and marinas.
A few examples of dangerous pests include Asian green mussel, brown mussel, Japanese seaweed and Harris mud crab, all of which can severely damage marine life and infrastructure if not detected in time.
“The early detection and notification of a single Asian Green Mussel in waters near Weipa in May 2017 and the prompt action taken following that discovery were crucial in achieving a terrific biosecurity outcome,” Mr Furner said.