Aquatic pests: marine and freshwater

Contact Aquatic Biosecurity Unit

The Aquatic Biosecurity Unit of Northern Territory Fisheries monitors and manages the risk of new marine pests arriving in the Territory.

The unit does all of the following:

  • monitors for early detection of aquatic pests
  • coordinates inspections and treatment of high-risk vessels entering Darwin
  • responds to reported sightings of invasive freshwater and marine pests
  • educates the public about the impacts, prevention and management of aquatic pests.

It also monitors natural changes in native marine fouling species and represents the NT in national forums on the prevention and management of introduced aquatic species.

Current monitoring focuses on marinas, wharves and ports around the NT coastline. This is where marine pests are most likely to be introduced.


Phone: 0413 381 094

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Last updated: 07 February 2020

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