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    09014: Port biosecurity

    Container ships at port. Courtesy Helen Newman, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Container ships at port. Courtesy Helen Newman, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

    It is estimated that 10 000 marine species are translocated around the world each day in ship ballast water, posing a significant threat to biodiversity. In Western Australia, the port of Port Headland is believed to be at greatest risk.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, the Department of Fisheries designed a marine pest monitoring program for the port, enabling early detection of pest incursions and significantly reducing the potential impact of introduced pests into the port environment.

    Investment: $ 90 611
    Delivery organisation: Department of Fisheries
    Project duration: January 2010 - June 2010
    Location: Port Hedland

    Major project achievements

    • Marine pest monitoring program developed for the port of Port Hedland. Program ratified and approved for implementation by the National Introduced Marine Pest Coordination Group.

    Project partners

    Port Hedland, Dampier and Fremantle port authorities; BHP Billiton

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