Educating Territorians on aquatic biosecurity

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Aquatic pests are harmful plants and animals that can be introduced to our waters from other countries or parts of Australia.

Aquatic pests are harmful plants and animals that can be introduced to our waters from other countries or parts of Australia.

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources Fisheries Division, in conjunction with the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, has created a series of animated videos intended to provide an overview of aquatic biosecurity and promote awareness of local issues.

The videos introduce an animated aquatic biosecurity hero ‘Billy the Barra’ and follows his adventures as he discovers aquatic pests, runs into imported aquarium fish, uncovers hitchhikers from another country and spies a fisherman using bait clearly marked for human consumption.

Throughout Billy’s adventures, he educates Territorians on how to identify ‘fishy’ activities and the steps to report them to protect our aquatic environment.

Aquatic biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Aquatic pests may threaten biodiversity, our native species and affect commercial and recreational industries such as fishing, tourism, aquaculture and port operations.

If it looks ‘fishy’, report it. Call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 891 136 or email aquaticbiosecurity@nt.gov.au.

For more information on aquatic pests, visit the Northern Territory Government website.

View the videos on YouTube.

Billy the Barra

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