Understanding and intervening in illegal trade in non-native species

Summary

The growth and commercialisation of the open source internet has greatly modified the environment in which pet markets and illegal wildlife traders can operate. Given the complex and cryptic nature of these online networks, the development of advanced web intelligence techniques is core to the successful disentanglement of the trade. As online trade platforms and networks grow, so too does the inadvertent risk of new vertebrate introductions and invasions, as a result of intentional or unintentional release.  

The over-arching goal of our project is to extract and tease apart the great deal of relevant online information that is available, using sophisticated techniques and analytical approaches, in order to assist biosecurity agencies and decision-makers to take early preventative action to protect the environment and economic activities (e.g., agricultural and social assets). 

Status

Commenced

Objectives

Our project will develop novel approaches for understanding the nature of exotic pet keeping, illegal vertebrate trade in Australia, and alien species incursions.  

The objectives of the project are to develop efficient surveillance and identification tools for:  

  1. compliance of keeping and trade in alien species and early warning of new alien vertebrate incursions; and 
  2. identifying the origins of seized specimens from illegal keeping and at-large incursions

Project Leader



A/Prof. Phill Cassey
Project Team
  • A/Prof Phill Cassey – University of Adelaide 
  • A/Prof Joshua Ross – University of Adelaide
  • Dr Lewis Mitchell – University of Adelaide
  • A/Prof Jeremy Austin – University of Adelaide
  • Dr Jonathan Tyler – University of Adelaide
  • Dr Peter Caley – CSIRO 
  • Dr David Ramsey – Arthur Rylah Institute 
  • Lindell Andrews – PIRSA 
  • Dr Rebecca Johnson  – Australian Museum 
Project Partners
  • University of Adelaide 
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) 
  • Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) 
  • Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)  
  • Australian Museum 
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