Research permit application to the government of kiribati for research in the phoenix islands protected area
Permit Application to the Government of Kiribati for Research in the
Phoenix Islands Protected Area
Please submit your application for research to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Office (address to: Director, Phoenix Islands Protected Area, email: , Fax: 686 29762; Tel: 686 29762)
Provide detailed information on the following topic areas in your application:
1. Name of applicant/scientists. 2. Full contact details of sponsoring institution and individuals. 3. Dates for Research. 4. Location. Include island names, latitude and longitude as well as names of locations, if
5. What is your proposed itinerary and method of transport in Kiribati? 6. Background of project or research. 7. Objectives of Proposed activity/research in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area 8. Describe detailed research activities. 9. Will any samples or objects be taken out of Kiribati? If so, please detail the disposition
and plan for such materials. (some materials will require specific permits, so must be listed in detail).
10. What is your plan for Kiribati participation in this activity? 11. PIPA requites a preliminary report within two months of completion of this activity and a
final report within 12 months. Copies of all publications must be provided to Kiribati at the time of publication.
12. Will you be conducting any commercial filming or photography during this activity? Will
there be any publicity, documentary, or magazine stories produced? Please describe your communications plan.
13. Kiribati may provide ecological and procedural guidelines, depending on the nature of this
BIOSECURITY PROTOCOLS FOR ENTERING PHOENIX ISLANDS
PROTECTED AREA (PIPA)
Key risks of landing on the Phoenix Islands are that invasive alien species (IAS) may get ashore and
subsequently have devastating impacts on the indigenous biota. Key IAS threats associated with landing
• Rodents (rats/mice) • Foreign ants (e.g. species of fire ants or crazy ants)
• Other invertebrates, e.g. spiders, snails
• Seeds of invasive weeds, e.g. lantana
These risks are significant and currently there are no pest-proof inspection facilities at most Pacific departure points and none at landing points in the PIPA. Protocols to minimise these risks are as follows: Country of departure
1. Observe customs and quarantine requirements of departure country (e.g. Fiji, Samoa, USA) and
2. Carefully inspect the wharf at the departure port to ensure that it has no infestations of ants.
If dinghies or other small craft are to be used for loading, ensure that these are free of ants and
other invertebrates; always spray their interior with Permethrin
-based insect spray. (Note: use
Permethrin-based sprays only as they have a residual effect - do not use
Pyrethroid/pyrethrum sprays which are temporary knock-down sprays only).
4. Obtain food stores and other supplies from reputable and hygienic sources that minimise the
chances of rodents, ants, other invertebrates, weeds, etc, being present.
5. Keep food stores in sealed containers on the vessel.
6. Maintain permanent rodent traps and/or poison bait stations (with diphacinone or brodifacoum
7. In the event of rodents or invasive ants being detected on board, further quarantine advice is
8. In the event of aerial insects being detected on board (e.g. wasps), quickly eliminate these and
inspect to ensure eggs have not been laid on board, e.g. on fruit.
9. Avoid transporting live animals (e.g. pets, birds) on board unless these are authorised by the PIPA
10. At the destination island(s) keep all food and equipment being taken ashore to a minimum.
11. Thoroughly inspect all food supplies, camping equipment and clothing etc as a first step before
¾ The inspection must comprise a visual search for rodents, ants, other invertebrates and
¾ Carry this out in a clean, open, well-lit area, e.g. the deck of the vessel. ¾ Bang and shake items and develop a search image for ants which are the smallest and least
conspicuous invertebrate likely to emerge.
¾ Wash or wipe any loose food items, e.g. fruit and vegetables, and place in clean insect-
¾ Keep a can of fly-spray handy at all times for rapid responses to emerging insects. ¾ Likely sites for seeds are in socks, shoes, Velcro, pockets, seams, etc. Store any seeds
found and destroy on return from the islands.
12. After inspection in 11 above, all food, camping equipment and clothing must be placed in sealed
containers (e.g. water-proof drums) following the visual inspection above. The interior of the
containers must be sprayed with Permethrin
insecticide at least one hour before leaving the
vessel and the container kept sealed during this period including the landing process. (Note that
for health reasons it is advisable to wash any loose food items that were exposed to insecticide, but
do this once ashore).
13. At least one hour before landing, carefully inspect and spray (with Permethrin) the interior of all
landing vessels that are being used for transporting people and supplies, etc, to the island(s).
14. Kindly report to PIPA Office on any illegal activities at sea, land or elsewhere at the Phoenix Islands Protected Area
15. Provide a full report to the PIPA on the procedures above, including details of any IAS found, actions taken and their outcome(s).
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