Aquatic Pests and DiseasesAquatic pests can cause serious impacts. They have the potential to destroy marine and freshwater environments and to decimate recreational and commercial fisheries and other aquatic industries. Be aware of the threats your gear poses as a carrier of pests between waterways, particularly items that remain damp for long periods. The following are potential threats to Tasmania:
Preventing the spread - what you can do:
For more information on preventing the spread see Keeping it clean - A Tasmanian field manual to prevent the spread of freshwater pests and pathogens.
There are conditions regarding bringing fishing equipment and watercraft into Tasmania. See the Quarantine page What you can and can't bring into Tasmania.
Quarantine has a Checklist for boaters, fishers and divers travelling to Tasmania. Contact Quarantine Tasmania for more details.
Follow these simple steps to make sure marine pests aren't hitchhiking on your boat.
Existing pests in Tasmanian waters
See Marine Pests for information on existing marine pests, ways to help reduce their spread, and the systems in place to prevent the introduction of new marine pests to Tasmanian waters. Keep your fishing gear, dive gear and boats clean. By thoroughly cleaning surfaces and removing any water or organic material that may harbour threats you can prevent the spread of many aquatic diseases and marine pests.
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