Tag Archives: control

Legislation & management of pest animals

In Australia, pest animals cause major economic, environmental and social impacts at local, regional and national  scales. Management of pest animals is complex and requires a strong state and federal policy and legislative framework to guide and govern how pest animals are managed at all levels, and to set out the roles and responsibilities of […]

Tilapia control methods and their effectiveness

Two species of tilapia, Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) and the black mangrove cichlid or spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae), are becoming significant pests in many waterways in tropical and sub-tropical Australia. Numbers of both species have increased and they have spread significantly since their introduction during the 1970s and 1980s due to natural and human-assisted (whether […]

Pathways to adoption of Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 as a biological control agent for carp in Australia

This report outlines the approval process required  for Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) to be used as a biological control agent for carp in Australia. It discusses the relevant legislation, safety and efficacy assessments, registration process and recommendations. There are a number of statutory processes that need to be satisfied to obtain approval for the release […]


Matrix showing the relative humaneness of rabbit control methods. The ‘humaneness’ of a pest animal control method refers to the overall welfare impact that the method has on an individual animal. A relatively more humane method will have less impact than a relatively less humane method. (Sharp and Saunders, 2008) has been developed under the […]

Rapid response to new fish incursions

Some introduced freshwater fish species have had devastating impacts on Australia’s native freshwater fish species and other aquatic life and ecosystems. Introduced or ‘alien’ fish usually have a high rate of reproduction, broad environmental tolerances, and are difficult to manage. Prevention, preparedness, and incident response activities, (including quarantine/border control, risk assessments, training, containment, eradication) help […]

Benefits of Rabbit Biocontrol in Australia

EUROPEAN RABBITS (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are a severe continental-scale threat to Australia’s globally important biodiversity and agriculture. The extreme sensitivity of many native plant species to rabbit damage – as few as one rabbit per hectare can impede natural regeneration – has resulted in 75 nationally threatened plant species and five threatened ecological communities being at […]