Biosecurity measures being implemented at Australian Antarctic Division against non-native species introduction into Antarctica

Megumu Tsujimoto, Satoshi Imura

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Abstract

From February 15th to 23rd in 2009, the authors surveyed biosecurity measures being implemented at Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) against non-native species introduction into Antarctica. By visiting facilities and conducting interviews, the authors managed to understand the entire system of the biosecurity measures and management policies at AAD and the situation on the ground in four topics, 1. Management of equipment and machinery, 2. Management of expeditioners' clothing and gear, 3. Management of cargo, and 4. Education on expeditioners. This study demonstrated AAD strongly recognizes the risk of transporting non-native species into Antarctica in association with various activities of the Antarctic program thus has implemented comprehensive management policies with a range of meticulous measures to minimize the risk through the management of equipment, gear, clothing, cargo and the education of expeditioners. The thorough education on the risk of biological invasion in Antarctica and thereby the importance of the biosecurity measures for the expeditioners and staff conducted at AAD in particular was considered highly effective. Consideration and development of the organizational biosecurity measures for the JARE operations basedupon the data presented in this study is recommended to promote the conservation of the pristine ecosystem in and around Syowa Station in Antarctica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalAntarctic Record
Volume57
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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