There are a number of pest plants and animals within the Gippsland Lakes catchment declared under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.
Established declared pest animals cause a range of problems including; competing with native animals for habitat and food, grazing native plants and preying upon native animals and birds. They can also spread weeds, contribute to erosion and damage waterways and wetlands. Common examples of pest animals include foxes, rabbits, pigs and European carp.
Invasive weeds threaten biodiversity by displacing native species. They can also reduce agricultural productivity. Some examples of serious weeds include Serrated Tussock, Boneseed, Prickly Pear and Gorse (pictured).
Land owners and occupiers (public and private) are responsible for managing declared noxious weeds and established pest animals on their land under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.