​Media Release

​Have your say on marine pest biosecurity

Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck

1 April 2015

The Australian Government is calling for people with an interest in Australia’s marine environment, including those in the fishery and aquaculture industries, to get involved in a review of national marine pest biosecurity arrangements.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, encouraged anyone with an interest in Australia’s marine environment to have their say on the discussion paper as part of the government’s Review of National Marine Pest Biosecurity.

“The Australian Government has committed $5 million over four years for a review of invasive marine species, to consider the removal or eradication of these marine pests, and how national marine pest biosecurity arrangements can be improved,” Minister Joyce said.

The knowledge and insights of those who interact with our marine environment—whether for livelihood, recreation or lifestyle—will be an integral part of this review. If you have ideas that could improve our marine biosecurity, we want to hear from you.

“I have asked the Department of Agriculture to consult with stakeholders, and draw on this feedback to prepare a report to the government providing recommendations for strengthening our marine pest biosecurity arrangements,” Minister Joyce said.

“This review into the eradication of invasive marine species was one of our election commitments for the fisheries industry and we are pushing ahead with this important review as we promised,” Senator Colbeck said.

“We appreciate stakeholders taking the time to contribute to the first consultation phase of the review and received submissions on a broad range of topics.”

“The discussion paper released today focuses on some of the key issues raised by stakeholders, which we would like further input and discussion on.

"During April, the Department of Agriculture will also be inviting key stakeholders to take part in workshops in each capital city to tease out the issues presented in the discussion paper,” Senator Colbeck said.

The Review of National Marine Pest Biosecurity commenced in late 2014, and is the first step in a four-year government commitment to strengthen Australia’s marine pest biosecurity arrangements.

The discussion paper, along with submissions received during the first consultation phase, are available on the Department of Agriculture website at agriculture.gov.au/marinepestreview​. Submissions on the discussion paper close on 4 May 2015.