Cabomba eradication program reports

Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana) is a fully submerged aquatic plant native to the Americas. Cabomba was first recorded in Australia in 1967, probably as a result of being introduced through the aquarium trade.

Cabomba is identified as a Weed of National Significance (WoNS) due to its negative impacts on social, cultural and industrial uses of affected water and waterways.

These impacts can negatively affect fauna populations, including fish, mammals, monotremes (platypus) and reptiles.

Two major infestations have been recorded in Northern Territory (NT). The first at Marlow's Lagoon, Palmerston, was successfully eradicated in 2002. The second, and persisting, infestation is limited to an isolated section of Darwin River.

The NT Government manages the Darwin River infestation, with a view to eradication, in accordance with this plan and the Cabomba Eradication Program developed in 2004.

The Cabomba Eradication Program, now forms part of the Strategic Weed Management Program funded by the NT Government aimed at reducing the impact and spread of priority weed species in the NT.

These reports should be read in conjunction with the NT Cabomba Eradication Program Technical Reports and the statutory Weed Management Plan for Cabomba.

The following publication has also been developed in regards to the management of Cabomba in the Northern Territory:

Last updated: 27 November 2019

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