Our biosecurity unit carries out research into the distribution, identification, management and control of invasive aquatic pests. The results are used to provide scientific and technical advice to government, industry and the community on the management of aquatic pests in marine and freshwater environments.
The unit’s key objectives are:
Maintaining a monitoring program to detect introductions of aquatic pests in WA;
Leading emergency responses to introductions of invasive species; and
Developing, trialling and delivering innovative technologies to assist with the detection, management and control of introduced aquatic pests.
There are two main areas our research addresses:
In the area of freshwater biosecurity, we scan bodies of freshwater for pests and scientifically verify new pest sightings. We do this, along with regular pest monitoring and control activities, to protect our native species and aquatic environments. We work closely with our biodiversity team to rehabilitate water-bodies by restocking native species after pest fish have been eradicated. We also manage a freshwater fish distribution database
, which covers all known records of where pest fish have been identified in the State.