Priorities Action Statement - Actions for the introduction of non-indigenous fish and marine vegetation to coastal waters of NSW (KTP)

Black striped musselBlack-striped mussel
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Caulerpa taxifoliaCaulerpa taxifolia

Eurpean green crabEuropean green crab
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northern pacific sea starNorthern pacific sea star
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Japanese seaweedJapanese seaweed
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Threat Abatement Actions

Community and stakeholder liaison, awareness and education

  • Design and implement an education program to increase public awareness of the impacts that introduced fish and vegetation can have on the natural environment (High priority).
  • Enhance public understanding of the risks and risk taxa associated with the aquarium trade (High priority).
  • Increase public awareness of invasive species research outcomes (Low priority).

Enhance, modify or implement NRM planning processes to minimize adverse impacts on threatened species

  • Continue to develop and implement legislation and policy to manage risks from ballast water, biofouling and other vectors, including through the Marine Pest Sectoral Committee (High priority).

Pest eradication and control

  • Where possible, undertake eradication and/or control works to prevent the spread of introduced species into threatened species habitat (High priority).
  • Develop and implement control programs for potentially harmful introduced species (High priority).

Research / monitoring

  • Undertake research to ensure that actual and potential vectors of marine pests are managed to effectively minimise the risk of introduced marine pest incursions and translocations (High priority).
  • Implement the National Priorities for Introduced Marine Pest Research and Development 2013-2023 (Medium priority).
  • Develop a long-term pest species monitoring program (Medium priority).
  • Develop and implement a research program to investigate the impacts of introduced species of fish and marine vegetation that affect or potentially affect threatened species in coastal waters of NSW (Medium priority).
  • Implement monitoring programs to assess the long-term effectiveness of eradication and control programs (Medium priority).

Survey / mapping

  • Undertake detailed survey and mapping work to establish the known and likely distribution of introduced species in NSW and identify any overlap with the distribution of threatened species, populations and ecological communities (High priority)