Part of Chevron’s commitment to protect Barrow Island’s unique environment includes a comprehensive quarantine regime which has been recognised locally and globally as “best practice”. Our key environmental objective is to protect the conservation values and maintain the biodiversity of Barrow Island and its surrounding waters.
The Barrow Island Quarantine Management System (QMS) is the world's largest non-government quarantine initiative. It provides an unprecedented level of quarantine intervention across all operations and sets new benchmarks for environmental protection. Quarantine management prevents the introduction of non-indigenous animals and plants that could potentially establish on the island, predate native species or compete with them for food, water and shelter.
Our quarantine program focuses on preventing the introduction of these species through pre-border screening of cargo and passengers prior to arrival on Barrow. This is complemented by on-island inspection and surveillance activities as well as a control and eradication capability. Together with the broader scientific community, specialist environmental consultants and relevant government regulatory agencies, we have progressively improved our strategy and built on our experience to develop a world-class quarantine management system.
We employ a stringent Quarantine Management System to help ensure the protection of Barrow Island as a Class A Nature Reserve.
2015 Australian Biosecurity Award Win
In March 2015, Chevron won the Industry category of the 2015 Biosecurity Awards. The award acknowledged our success on Barrow Island was due to our strong focus on biosecurity management, which has continually evolved since its implementation in the 1960s to protect and sustain the island as a Class A Nature Reserve.
We were also acknowledged for working in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and equipping many thousands of individuals and key stakeholders internationally with both awareness and knowledge of the importance of biosecurity.
The QMS has also been previously recognised by the United Nations (UN) Association of Australia World Environment Awards, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), the Cooperative Research Centres Association (CRC) and the WA Engineers Association.