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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Australia’s biosecurity detector dogs continued their outstanding work last year, screening incoming passengers and goods for biosecurity risk items at airports, mail centres and sea ports.

Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Lyn O’Connell, said detector dogs are a vital part of Australia’s frontline defence against pests and diseases.

“Our detector dogs were a howling success again last year, intercepting more than 56,000 biosecurity risk items across our airports and mail centres,” Ms O’Connell said.

Tagged with: Biosecurity, Detection
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

National registration of the Curiosity® bait for feral cats will support efforts to protect and recover Australia’s remarkable native wildlife.

The Curiosity® bait for feral cats is a small sausage with a hard plastic pellet containing a humane toxin (para-aminopropiophenone, or PAPP). The bait has been designed to minimise the risk to native animals and a hard shell limits access to the pellet by animals other than cats.

Tagged with: Invasive species
Monday, 24 February 2020

Australia’s artificial light pollution guidelines for wildlife have been endorsed by the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (COP13) in Gandhinagar, India.

The Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds raise awareness of the potential impacts of artificial light on wildlife and provide a framework for assessing and managing these impacts.

Tagged with: Animals
Monday, 24 February 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) has concluded its regulatory investigation into the Meramist abattoir in Queensland following media reporting of animal welfare concerns.

In October last year the department commenced a regulatory investigation with a focus of ensuring Meramist and its operations were competent in animal welfare management.

DAWE identified non-compliance with the Australian Meat Standard —a standard which all abattoirs producing red meat for human consumption must adhere to. 

Tagged with: Animals, Enforcement
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Biosecurity officers recently intercepted a number of fruit items at Australia’s borders, which were found to be carrying a citrus disease. 

Head of Biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, said the items were intercepted on separate occasions and all tested positive for citrus canker pathogen.

“This is an example of the significant biosecurity risks that Australia faces and why it is so important to follow our biosecurity conditions,” Ms O’Connell said.

Tagged with: Biosecurity, Diseases, Plants
Friday, 14 February 2020
If you don’t want to break hearts this Valentine’s Day – make sure your gifts of love purchased overseas are not stopped at the border because they fail Australia’s strict biosecurity requirements.
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Two passengers have been intercepted at Melbourne International Airport attempting to smuggle 122 live fish into Australia.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
The exotic plant pest fall armyworm has been detected for the first time in Australia, in a network of surveillance traps on the northern Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy) Two Chinese nationals living in Belmore, NSW have been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal wildlife trafficking led by the Department of the Environment and Energy.
Monday, 20 January 2020
(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy) The Department of the Environment and Energy has released an initial list of threatened and migratory species which have more than 10 per cent of their known or predicted distribution in areas affected by bushfires in southern and eastern Australia in recent months. This provides an early indication of the extent to which Australia’s threatened animals and plants may have been impacted by these devastating bushfires.
Tagged with: Threatened species