Quarantine - Help Protect Our Industries & Environment
Kangaroo Island’s remoteness has created an environment that is very special. Many of Australia’s pests and diseases are not found here. Please help us to keep it that way.
We depend on primary industries and nature-based tourism as a major part of our economy. The introduction of just one new pest or disease could have devastating consequences
Kangaroo Island has an opportunity to maintain quarantine status in some established and developing primary industries. Your attention is drawn to legislation forbidding or restricting the importation of some items to Kangaroo Island. Significant penalties apply for infringements.
Rabbits can have devastating impacts on farming production and the environment. Like foxes, the movement and/or release of rabbits onto Kangaroo Island are prohibited under state legislation.
Kangaroo Island has been declared a sanctuary for Ligurian Bees and the introduction of bees to the Island is not permitted. Honey products and bee-handling equipment can harbour bee-diseases that do not occur on Kangaroo Island and may not be brought onto the Island.
Seed Potato Industry
Kangaroo Island is a protected zone for the production of seed potatoes. To maintain its disease free status any potatoes brought to the Island must be in new packaging. Peels and unused potatoes must be disposed of to ensure that regermination is not possible.
Grape phylloxera is an insect that feeds on the roots of grapevines. To keep Kangaroo Island phylloxera-free, vine cuttings and soil in which grapevines have grown are not to be brought onto the Island without prior inspection and approval
Grazing & Cropping Industries
Kangaroo Island is free of many of the weeds found on mainland South Australia. Weeds impact on pasture and crop production and the costs of control can be very high. Aquatic weeds can have significant impacts on our waterways and land-based aquaculture.
The risk of invasive weed introduction can be reduced by ensuring that vehicles, caravans, trailers, camping gear, hiking boots etc are free of mud and weed seeds prior to travelling.
Foxes could have a devastating effect on our free-range poultry industries and the Island’s wildlife. The movement and/or release of foxes onto Kangaroo Island are prohibited under state legislation.
Fishing & Aquaculture Industries
Aquatic pests are a major threat to the environment and our fishing & aquaculture industries. You can help protect KI waters by cleaning your boats and gear prior to coming to the Island. Particular attention should be paid to boat surfaces (hull, propeller, rudder, anchor etc) and gear (including nets, wetsuits, life jackets, fishing tackle etc.).
For further information, contact the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board, Phone (08) 8553 4300
Severe penalties apply.