The National System is based on sound science and a risk management approach

The National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions takes a comprehensive approach to managing the risk of marine pest invasions in Australian waters.

Research and development (R&D) activities are guided by a set of R&D priorities developed to ensure a relevant, comprehensive and coordinated program based on sound science. These priorities are based on the following principles:

  • use of the best scientific and technical advice available for management decisions, including risk assessment and analyses of potential impacts
  • a risk management approach to reduce the chance of marine pests being introduced to or spread in Australian waters
  • a committed partnership approach from key National System stakeholders to achieve an effective and relevant national approach
  • regular communication and collaborative research to reduce unnecessary duplication of research and development activities
  • a triple bottom line approach considering environmental, social and economic impacts of both pests and management to ensure prevention and management measures are economically justified, socially acceptable, safe, practical, technically achievable and environmentally sound.