Marine Pest Exercise 1
26 Feb 2018
On the 7-8 February 2018, AHA in conjunction with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Turning Point Crisis Management, facilitated the first Exercise for the Marine Pest Exercise Program, funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
The two-day exercise included participants from the Australian Government, each jurisdiction, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and the Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand).
The exercise aimed to provide an opportunity for participants to improve their understanding of emergency response systems for marine pests, collaboratively discuss their roles and responsibilities in a marine pest response and to highlight any gaps and areas for improvement for future exercises.
Participants found the Exercise to be informative and engaging, and appreciated the chance to meet the other participants in person.
A second Exercise is scheduled to be held in Sydney during April which will engage government members and stakeholder groups. The second exercise will focus on operational elements of a response and potential impacts of response activities.