Marine Pest Surveillance
Facebook | 29 Jan 2019
Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
MARINE PEST SURVEILLANCE – The CLCAC Ranger teams have made a strong start to the new year, partnering with Biosecurity QLD in an effort to enhance marine pest monitoring and to strengthen the early detection system in the Southern Gulf of Carpentaria, particularly around the Port of Karumba where international vessel traffic creates a greater risk for the introduction of invasive aquatic species. The Rangers currently conduct low-tide coastal surveys in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government under the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) and will build on current monitoring activities through a “Marine Pest Settlement Array Project” with the Queensland Government. Biosecurity QLD staff completed training with the Rangers last week and will return in 3 months for the first retrieval of the Settlement Array to examine the samples for exotic pests and to identify native species.