The Effectiveness of Australia's response to the Black Striped Mussel Incursion in Darwin, Australia
A Report of the Marine Pest Incursion Management Workshop - 27-28 August 1999
Environment Australia, 2000
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About the report
Unlike previous marine pest incursions within Australian territorial waters, the Black Striped Mussel incursion was detected while still within enclosable marinas, which allowed effective treatment through the application of chemicals to the waters of the marinas. During a four week period, the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries led a successful response effort involving a wide range of organisations including Territory, State and Commonwealth agencies. The management of the outbreak highlighted the need for increased preparedness to handle marine pests.
In May 1999 agencies involved in the Australian and New Zealand Environment Conservation Council (ANZECC)/Ministerial Council on Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture (MCFFA) National Taskforce on the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions agreed that a workshop should formally evaluate the response to the Black Striped Mussel incursion. The workshop would be used to guide management of future marine pest outbreaks and highlight areas of management that required immediate attention.