Help Protect Tasmania Against Aquatic Pests and Diseases
Aquatic pests and diseases are bad news. For example, over 250 introduced marine plants and animals have hitch-hiked to Australian waters on vessels of all types from yachts to commercial ships. Getting rid of them once they are in is virtually impossible. Once established in our waters, pests and diseases can cause a range of environmental impacts and can also damage fishing, aquaculture and tourism industries.
There are many species of pests and diseases that could cause serious impacts if introduced to Tasmanian waters, however two species of particular concern are Didymo (also known as Rock Snot) and Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG). Other aquatic pests include Caulerpa taxifolia (also known as Aquarium caulerpa), Asian paddle crab, Chinese mitten crab and Colonial seasquirt.
Perhaps the two highest priority species for Tasmania are:
Many people bring vessels (such as boats, canoes, kayaks and jetskis) and/or fishing equipment (including lifejackets, fishing rods, waders, nets, tackle boxes etc) into Tasmania to undertake a range of recreational opportunities. Vessels are most likely to enter Tasmania either by sea or on the Spirit of Tasmania. Fishing gear and equipment can enter Tasmania on board an incoming vessel or can be brought in by either aeroplane or on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Recommendations for trailer vessels (includes canoes, kayaks & jetskis)
Target the areas shown in the diagram.
Recommendations for non-trailer vessels
It is crucial to make sure your boat is clean before you move it. Follow these four steps and target the areas shown in the diagram.
CHECK all equipment and remove any weeds, marine organisms or sediment, and place in the bin NOT back in the water. CLEAN all equipment in freshwater. DRAIN water from any equipment as required and leave to DRY in direct sunlight (note that in some situations it may take several days to dry completely).
In addition to the above, the following tip can help prevent the spread of all marine pests and diseases and is particularly useful for treating porous equipment such as hiking boots, soft foam or cork rod handles and felt soled waders.
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