Detecting and preventing new incursions of exotic animals in Australia

This report presents data on incursions and interceptions of exotic vertebrates in Australia that have occurred within the country and at the national border, over the past 10 years. It includes data on species (that are not widely established) found ‘at large’ in the environment, and seizures, surrenders and thefts from private keeping within Australia. It also includes data on animals intercepted entering the country as stowaways or in attempted smuggling incidents. Information on animal numbers and species and incident locations (at state/territory level) is presented, providing a national picture of which exotic vertebrates have been sighted at or within Australian borders. High-risk species are identified for future priority biosecurity actions, to prevent new pests establishing.

Data sources included state, territory and federal government agencies, the Zoo and Aquarium Association and online publications. Information varied in quantity and quality from the different sources, with some agencies having far more detailed information than others. The reporting of animal sightings and interceptions depends on (a) the general awareness of threats posed by exotic species and (b) the effectiveness of pest-related legislation and its implementation (which in turn is dependent on government resources).

Secondary title PestSmart
Author Wendy Henderson and Mary Bomford
Year 2011
Place published Canberra
Publisher Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
Department Detection and Prevention Program
Pages 60 pp
ISBN/ISSN Web ISBN: 978-1-921777-16-5
Region Australia - national

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