Biosecurity protocol for scientific projects
The Australian Antarctic Program is committed to high level biosecurity practices, both in going to Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic and between ice-free areas or islands. All scientific personnel associated with projects (including staff not travelling south but packing for a project) need to adhere to the following guidelines.
Going to Antarctica or the sub-Antarctic
- Ensure all clothing, footwear and personal effects are free of propagules (seeds, dirt, insects etc).
- Ensure all scientific equipment, packs, tents and equipment bags are clean/sterilised and free of propagules, including new items in original packaging.
- Once clean, items must be packed into clean, new cardboard boxes or clean/new plastic bins. These boxes or bins must have all openings sealed (eg all box or bin edges sealed with packing tape).
- 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.
- The AAD provides cargo, logistics and biosecurity support for the Australian Antarctic Program. For further information, please refer to the cargo and freight section.
In Antarctica or the sub-Antarctic
- Ensure clothing, personal effects, packs, tents and equipment bags are cleaned between major locations (eg different wildlife colonies or ice free areas).
- Ensure terrestrial and freshwater scientific sampling field equipment (eg lake nets) are capable of and are sterilised between sampling locations, or use duplicate sets of equipment.
- 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.