Biosecurity protocol for scientific projects

The AAD and the Australian Antarctic Program is committed to high level biosecurity practices both going to Antarctic and the subantarctic and between ice-free areas or islands. To meet these standards all scientific personnel associated with projects (including non-south-travelling staff packing for a project) need to:

Going south

  1. Ensure all clothing, footwear and personal effects are free of propagules (seeds, dirt, insects etc).
  2. Ensure all scientific equipment, packs, tents, equipment bag, are clean/sterilised and free of propagules, including new items in original packaging.
  3. Once clean, items are packed into clean, new cardboard boxes or clean or new plastic bins and these boxes or bins have all openings sealed (eg all box or bin edges sealed with packing tape).
  4. Polystyrene beads, chips or similar packaging are prohibited in Antarctica. Check all new items for these materials. Where possible remove excess packaging such as paper, plastic and cardboard.

Down south

  1. Ensure clothing, personal effects, packs, tents, equipment bags are cleaned between major locations (e.g. different wildlife colonies or ice free areas).
  2. Ensure terrestrial and fresh-water scientific sampling field equipment (e.g. lake nets) are capable of/ and are sterilised between sampling locations or multiple sets are utilised.
  3. If you are unsure about when, where or how you should clean clothing and equipment check with the Station Environmental Officer or the Environmental Manager at Kingston.