Help stop the spread of marine pests
The non-trading vessel sector has an important role in Australia's fight against marine pests.
If you are an operator of a non-trading vessel, you have an important role in stopping the spread of marine pests. You can help by:
- managing ballast water according to Australia’s mandatory Ballast Water Management Requirements. For further information on the requirements and how to comply, go to the Australian ballast water management pages
- minimising the amount of biofouling through a high standard of cleaning and maintenance. For information on recommended biofouling management practices go to the Managing biofouling page
- complying with any state/territory requirements
Under the Western Australian Environmental Protection Act 1986 the Environmental Protection Authority makes recommendations to the Minister for Environment who then sets conditions for the management of the potential biosecurity risk presented by vessels and equipment. For further information contact the Department of Fisheries Western Australia.
The Northern Territory also has requirements for vessels entering Darwin marinas.
Working together to stop the spread
The non-trading vessel sector is not alone in taking measures to prevent the introduction and spread of marine pests in Australian coastal waters.
The commercial shipping, petroleum, fishing, aquaculture and recreational boating sectors are implementing similar measures suited to their vessel types and operating profiles. All marine sectors have an important role to play.