Biosecurity Protocols

Clothing and other items

    • Clothing picnic rugs, chairs, etc. must be clean and free from soil and seeds. Look carefully in pockets and trouser cuffs. Clean off any seeds and soil with a stiff brush and wash with disinfectant.
    • Boots and other footwear must be completely free from soil. Remove laces and check under the tongue. If necessary, clean them with a stiff brush and wash with disinfectant.

Food and Water

    • The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) applies to disposal of food at sea.
    • Store all food in sealed, clean, plastic containers. Do not use cardboard boxes or plastic bags.
    • Water must be transported in clean containers.
    • Avoid setting down food and water containers on soil or other dirty areas before loading on to vessel.
    • Do not take fruit or vegetables ashore that contain seeds, or nuts in their shells.
    • Ensure that crew members do not throw garbage containing seeds into the sea when close to an island.
    • Remove all rubbish created from an onshore visit and store in sealed containers back on the vessel.
    • Bananas should be separate (not in bunches) and free from any soil, old leaves or flowers.
    • Freeze any dry food (flour, noodles, rice, popcorn, etc.) for three days before the trip to kill weevils and other organisms.

Wildlife – Animals and Plants

    • Carriage of pets/animals and plants on vessels is not permitted.
    • Do not feed wildlife.
    • Keep your eyes out for any weeds and pests and report to WGAC staff and Uunguu Rangers.
    • Respect wildlife by minimising noise.
    • Avoid interaction with wildlife and do not feed wildlife
    • Be Crocwise

Fire

    • No fires permitted at UVP locations.
    • Uunguu Rangers conduct aerial and ground burning April – June each year to reduce wildfire damage and greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Visitors please take note of fire notices published on Wunambal Gaambera website and avoid travelling during this time.

Human Waste

    • MARPOL applies to disposal of sewerage at sea.
    • Use vessel toilet if possible.
    • If passengers or crew must toilet onshore, bury waste in a hole 15-20cm deep, at least 100 metres away from a creek or river, the trail and any sites of interest.
    • Remove toilet paper in a ziplock bag and dispose of at port.

We wish you safe travelling and a rewarding experience. Biangaa – Welcome.

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