Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Written Submissions WWF FROGS! Program Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 77 will isolate populations already established within the Northern Territory and prevent any further migration and recruitment from Queensland c. set up an array of remote sensing stations to detect cane toad vocalisations within the Toad Control Zone 4. Apply eradication techniques and methodologies through the deployment of a fully trained Cane Toad Patrol. a. required skills include: use of GPS and map reading; basic habitat assessment and record keeping; outdoor safety; safe use of boats and vehicles in highly variable conditions; basic public relations; cane toad searching techniques; identification of all life stages and advertisement call of the cane toad and ability to distinguish this species from all native frog species in the region; deployment and maintenance of a wide variety of control and eradication techniques; a facility for, and interest in, finding cane toads in nature; reliability; killing and processing cane toads; an enthusiasm for the idea of participating in a control and eradication program. b. develop and trial a cane toad response plan to deal with particularly large or difficult cases. c. regular outings with, and feedback from, field staff to help the research and development team to understand their everyday problems and work on practical solutions. d. working from around the periphery of cane toad distribution, the Cane Toad Patrol will systematically detect and destroy populations and relentlessly push back the perimeter, such that the area occupied by cane toads in the Top End will rapidly decrease in area and progress through local extinctions towards the goal of total extirpation. 5. Assemble the Applied Science Research and Development Team at a workshop (see Experimental Design Workshop below) to pool scholarship, experience, ingenuity, wisdom and brainstorm on simple experimental designs leading to practical, environmentally-friendly solutions to problems related to finding, tracking, collecting, attracting, repelling, concentrating, excluding, trapping, and killing cane toads. The experimentation phase will commence immediately after the workshop. Most of these experiments will proceed very quickly from simple, short-term controlled experiments, to field trials, refinements, and extensive application. a. the National Co-ordinator for the WWF Frogs Program and a Science Advisory Panel will be take a lead role these are Australias leading authorities on frog biology b. researchers from James Cook University will be invited, who have already gained considerable field experience with cane toads in Queensland c. bioacoustics experts from the University of Melbourne and Harvard University may be invited. d. the engineering faculty from the University of the Northern Territory will be consulted on electronics, design, and fabrication issues e. the engineering faculty from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology may be engaged to make refinements to a remote sensing system f. the Northern Territory Museum, Tropical Savannah CRC, and the Zoology Department of the University of the Northern Territory will all be invited to the discussions g. a field research station needs to be set up within the Cane Toad Control Zone, and a controlled research facility in or near to Darwin
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