S10 Marine biosecurity in an increasingly-connected world: protecting Australia from marine pests and diseases

Rapid globalisation and increasing maritime trade has led to a significant increase in the rate of introductions of marine pests globally. These species do not recognise national and international borders requiring a collaborative approach to their management. Responsibility for marine biosecurity, which aims to minimise the risks posed by marine pests, as well as aquatic diseases, is shared across government, industry, researchers and the community. Information flow between sectors is essential to permit response if required and effective management or assessment of impacts.

Australia’s marine biosecurity is underpinned by a strong foundation of scientific research, but the risks posed by marine pests and disease are dynamic. This symposium seeks to derive shared understanding of the current direction, ecological and economic impacts, and future considerations for marine biosecurity in Australia. It will provide an exciting opportunity for scientists to demonstrate the real world applicability of their research, with a focus on practical and novel means of minimising the risk of pest and disease introduction, establishment, spread and impact.

National co-operation in scientific research, that improves our understanding of marine pests and diseases, is at the core of Australia’s efforts to effectively and efficiently reduce marine biosecurity challenges.

Symposium led by

James Lavender
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Canberra

Brett Herbert
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Canberra

Richard Stafford-Bell
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria

Craig Sherman
Deakin University