NAQS Rangers Aquatic Desktop Exercise

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Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program

Northern Australia is vast, with almost 10,000km of coastal areas. From Cairns and Torres Strait in Queensland. To Darwin in the Northern Territory and across to Broome in Western Australia. It’s not only big the region is sparsely populated and largely undeveloped. It includes areas that are inaccessible during the wet season.

The region provides a critical defence and focus for Australia’s biosecurity effort.

Aquatic Health Awareness

Rangers can help us better understand, some key local factors involved in the monitoring of aquatic biosecurity risks, by completing this questionnaire.

Information that will assist with aquatic biosecurity risk analysis includes:

  • Yacht anchorages
  • Boat ramps
  • Commercial vessel anchorages
  • Recreational fishing areas popular with people visiting the community / area
  • Abandoned / shipwrecked vessels
  • Artificial structure or infrastructure which could home marine pests
  • Port / Wharf / Jetty / Loading dock
  • Marine debris hotspots*
  • Areas where ghost nets have been seen in the past

*The three biggest marine debris hot spots will be used for the aquatic field exercise.

To have your say, take our questionnaire now. Please read instructions before completing this survey.

The questionnaire will close 31 December 2021.

Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program

Northern Australia is vast, with almost 10,000km of coastal areas. From Cairns and Torres Strait in Queensland. To Darwin in the Northern Territory and across to Broome in Western Australia. It’s not only big the region is sparsely populated and largely undeveloped. It includes areas that are inaccessible during the wet season.

The region provides a critical defence and focus for Australia’s biosecurity effort.

Aquatic Health Awareness

Rangers can help us better understand, some key local factors involved in the monitoring of aquatic biosecurity risks, by completing this questionnaire.

Information that will assist with aquatic biosecurity risk analysis includes:

  • Yacht anchorages
  • Boat ramps
  • Commercial vessel anchorages
  • Recreational fishing areas popular with people visiting the community / area
  • Abandoned / shipwrecked vessels
  • Artificial structure or infrastructure which could home marine pests
  • Port / Wharf / Jetty / Loading dock
  • Marine debris hotspots*
  • Areas where ghost nets have been seen in the past

*The three biggest marine debris hot spots will be used for the aquatic field exercise.

To have your say, take our questionnaire now. Please read instructions before completing this survey.

The questionnaire will close 31 December 2021.

  • Instructions for adding mapping information

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    Map Example

    Once you have dropped the pin and you have answered the questions click submit. You always have option to edit any of the dropped pins or answers to questions, using the following method.

    The map will now zoom into the position of the pin.

    You can edit the information and location by clicking on the three vertical dots and then selecting edit.

    Once you place a pin on the map you can not delete it, if you can not edit it to reflect information in your area please label the pin as “bad data” in the name and the comment section.

    Once you have finished adding data to each map please hit the back button on your browser to return to the Maps page.

  • Marine Debris Density Scale Guide

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    Scale Rating
    Photographic Scale
    Coastal Effects
    1 Natural density
    2

    Light density

    Marine debris Lightly Scattered along some areas of the beach

    3

    Light/Medium density

    Debris at one location along coastline

    4

    Medium density

    Scattered along coastline


    5

    Medium/heavy density

    Marine debris along beaches


    6

    Heavy density

    Dense assorted marine debris


  • Marine Debris Type Guide

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    Debris Type Description
    Natural marine debris Remains of trees which originated from other countries.
    • Driftwood
    • Logs
    Artificial marine debris

    Human-created waste which originated from other countries or vessels.

    • Foam buoys/floats
    • Plastics
    • Food waste
    • Vessel waste (including human food containers or food scraps
    • Ghostnets-fishing equipment
    • Gas bottles
    Vessel wreckage

    Wreckage of a ship or its cargo.

    • FFV wreckages
    • Wooden planks
    • Sea anchors