Feral Herald Blog

Weeds need more advocates

The scientific literature burgeons with papers about escalating weed problems but the public airwaves are largely silent on the creeping peril that is one of Australia’s biggest environmental threats. There is a noticeable lack of[…]

Stop feeding weeds

The idea that nutrients are good is deeply embedded in society – driving the profitable vitamin-popping industry and the sale of fertilisers. But nutrients added to the environment can do great harm, including by promoting[…]

A New Bird Disease to Watch

An often fatal viral disease detected in domestic pigeons in Australia last year  is here to stay and no one can tell what its impacts will be. Pigeon paramyxovirus has infected several species worldwide, and[…]

A verdict on Australia’s new biosecurity laws

The Australian Government intends to introduce new biosecurity laws to Parliament next month. Last week, the Invasive Species Council made a submission, endorsed by 18 other environment groups, on the draft laws. Here is a[…]

A foul tale of marine invasions

After vociferous community protest, the Federal Government recently banned the 142 metre Abel Tasman ‘supertrawler’ from fishing in Australian waters while it investigates the environmental impacts of taking 18,000 tonnes of small fish from waters[…]

Invasive sea urchin endangers giant kelp forests

For the first time, a marine ecological community has been listed under federal environment laws – the sinuously beautiful, marvellously diverse Giant Kelp Marine Forests of South East Australia. They are endangered by climate change[…]

Free trade vs biosecurity

International trade contributes to “a prosperous, sustainable Australia providing opportunity for all”, says the Australian Government’s trade policy.[1] Undoubtedly so. But international trade also provides opportunity for invasive organisms, which undermine Australia’s prosperity and sustainability.[…]