NSW' Twofold Bay declared Quarantine Area

Restrictions to prevent the spread of a suspected exotic aquatic pest are in place on the far NSW South Coast.

An annual inspection of Twofold Bay recently undertaken found a suspected Colonial Sea Squirt infestation on the main wharf of the bay.

The Sea Squirt has not been previously found in Australian waters but it has the potential to devastate marine fish habitats and smother local mussel and oyster stocks.

In order to prevent the spread of the pest, water users should inspect anchors, ropes and chains before leaving the area and dispose of any unusual plants or animals in a bin.

If you find what you believe is a species not native to the area, take a photo and report its location to aquatic.pests@industry.nsw.gov.au.

For a full list of all movement restrictions in place in Twofold Bay in Eden as well as photos and other information on the sea squirt head to the Industry and Investment website.

Posted 9 April 2010