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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Aquatic biosecurity

Aquatic pests and diseases are a significant threat to Western Australia’s precious oceans and rivers.

We are leading the effort to prevent them arriving and establishing themselves in our waters with a multi-million dollar aquatic biosecurity program using cutting edge technology, and ground-breaking management and compliance strategies.

Aquatic pests can be transported by ocean-going vessels, and by escaping or being released into our rivers and dams.

Pests and diseases can devastate aquatic ecosystems damaging economies, environments and lifestyles.

WA’s industries and the community are essential partners in the fight to keep our waters pest free.

We are also working at a national level to prevent the spread of pests and diseases in the nation’s waters.

The Department’s Aquatic Biosecurity Policy outlines the Department’s management of aquatic pests and diseases to ensure aquatic environments within WA are biosecure.

We invite you to join the Aquatic Biosecurity Charter to promote the protection of Western Australia's oceans and rivers from aquatic pest species. The charter is aimed at all members of the community from industry and community interest groups to individuals. Anyone with an interest in protecting our precious marine and freshwater ecosystems can sign up using our online form.

The inaugural signing of the charter took place on 2 November 2011 at the official launch of the biosecurity program, attended by the Minister for Fisheries, the Hon. Norman Moore.

The following organisations have signed the charter:

  • Western Australian Fishing Industry Council
  • Recfishwest
  • Ports WA
  • Department of Transport
  • WA Museum
  • URS Australia Pty Ltd (Perth)
  • Sinclair Knight Merz
  • InterMarine Consulting Pty Ltd
  • PGM Environment
  • Boating Industry Association of Western Australia
  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Marine Tourism WA
  • Swan River Trust
  • RPS Australia Asia Pacific
  • Vebas Aquariums
  • ROV Innovations
  • Biofouling Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Coffey Environments
  • Dalcon Environmental
  • Oceans 1 Marine Consulting
  • Durack Institute of Technology
  • Glocatech Australia
  • Ningaloo Marine Interaction
  • O2Marine
  • MScience Pty Ltd

Individuals who have singed the charter:

  • Terry Rowlands
  • Oliver Storig
  • Raymond Bowden
  • Chukwudi Chukwu
  • Peter Green
  • Stuart Houghton
  • Nick Rice
  • Arup Nath
  • Jason Beard
  • Samantha Courtney
  • Julia Sisson
  • Ross Munday 
  • We acknowledge the support of these organisations and individuals in helping protect our waters from aquatic pests.​​​​​​​​​​​




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