Contrast the government’s response to white spot in Logan River prawns to the indifference from authorities when a new environmental invader arrives.
We’ve just received confirmation that US fire ant expert Dr Robert Puckett will join our Fire Ants Down Under tour next month, visiting five capital Australian cities in just one week.
For 15 years we’ve been battling fire ant infestations in Queensland and we’re losing the fight. Unless federal, state and territory governments back eradication to the hilt all our efforts will have been wasted.
Environmental invaders continue to slip into Australia, raising threat levels for our native plants and animals, but are governments finally waking up to the need for tougher environmental biosecurity?
They call themselves Sea Spurge Remote Area Teams – SPRATS for short – and since 2007 they’ve been at the cutting-edge of ‘adventure conservation’.
A new resident has taken up residence in Melbourne’s suburbs, one that could bring with it an entirely new amphibian order.
After more than seven years of research, community consultation and biosecurity checks, a micro-wasp from Malaysia has been imported to Christmas Island to control yellow crazy ants in the national park.
Biosecurity Queensland is on the cusp of eradicating electric ants, the only thing holding it back from full eradication is a final push that needs federal and state funding.