New Alga (Fungus) Forces Australian Authorities To Carry Out Major Checks On All Fresh Water Connected Items, Before Entering Their Country.
A new fresh water alga has appeared on the horizon that is going to cause some heartache to people moving to Australia. This is a alga weed (fungus) called Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) that grows in fresh water and has invaded rivers and lakes in Europe, Asia, North America and New Zealand, choking their native waterways. It has not currently reached Australia. The Authorities are now insisting on new major checks being carried out for anything that may have been in contact with fresh water. Removers are being asked to be aware of this when they are advising their clients.
Removers are having issues with jet skis, boats, fishing gear, waders, wetsuits, etc. and some of the treatment costs are proving to be quite high. One remover has, for instance, got a client with 2 x jet skis and one pontoon (for the jet skis) and the treatment cost on these was approx $2000.