Everyone who uses our NSW aquatic environment, whether for recreation, hobby or business activities, has an essential role to play in maintaining our biosecurity.
Understanding how you can help protect our economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of aquatic pests and diseases is important. Click the links below to read more about how you can meet your general biosecurity duty as:
Members of the public such as fishers, divers and members of local environmental groups, are often the first to notice a new aquatic pest species or the fact that an existing pest has spread into a new area. This information can be very valuable in helping to manage pest problems.
Please report any suspect pests or diseases. Early detection of an aquatic pest population is critical! Once a pest has established in an area, it is very difficult, if not impossible to eradicate.
As a recreational boat user or fisher, you have a responsibility to reduce the risk of the spread of aquatic pests and diseases from your activities. Practising good biosecurity can help reduce the threat to NSW waterways.
Good biosecurity is about awareness and action. Commercial fishers may be the first to notice an emerging disease, a fish kill or a new pest species, and rapid reporting to DPI can help minimise the impacts of the establishment of a new aquatic pest or disease.
You can help minimise the potential impact on NSW waterways and oceans by:
Developing an enterprise level Aquaculture Biosecurity Plan will help you and your staff reduce biosecurity risks and support a rapid response to any suspected incursions. A Biosecurity Plan will provide you with clear guidance about practises you should adopt every day and clear guidance for staff and visitors about what they must do to minimise biosecurity risks to your farm.
Other actions you can take include:
Keeping fish is fun, but it is important to make sure that living things in your aquarium or home pond are kept away from our oceans and waterways and that you are aware of your responsibilities. Most of the fish, snails, and plants you keep are not native to your local area or to Australia in general.
What you can do to help:
Aquarium fish, snails or weed should NEVER be released or disposed of into the wild. It is illegal!
Outdoor ponds should be designed so that fish cannot escape or be washed out during heavy rain.