Marine pest preparedness project

Marine Pest Preparedness Project

The Marine Pest Preparedness Project will create a focused marine biosecurity function in Queensland to help move from responsive management to becoming proactive in protecting Queensland’s resources from the threat of marine pests. Prevention is considered the most cost‐effective way of minimising the threat of invasive marine pest introductions and this will be the focus of the project.

The overall aim of the project is to improve Queensland’s marine pest biosecurity through prevention and preparedness to reduce the risk of potentially devastating impacts from invasive marine pest species on Queensland industry and other users that rely on the Queensland’s marine resources, and the environment including world heritage listed ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef.

The project aims will be achieved by working closely with our partners, including port authorities, commercial shipping industry, the marina industry, ship maintenance and cleaning sectors, conservation interests and boating communities to:

  • establish a focused marine pest function to provide leadership
  • establish agreed roles and responsibilities
  • deliver and improve marine pest education and awareness
  • build stronger relationships with stakeholders and increase their capability and capacity
  • improve collaborations with partners
  • identify and assess risk pathways
  • undertake a pilot surveillance and monitoring program
  • develop a simple, feasible and consistent monitoring strategy for ports
  • investigate the feasibility of a coordinated approach to marine pest diagnostic analyses
  • improve preparedness through response simulation exercise/s
  • develop an agreed prevention program for implementation
  • develop emergency response guidelines to be followed in the event of a detection
  • develop a state marine pest biosecurity strategy and action plan.