Marine Pests and Biofouling

Aquenal has a diverse range of experience in the detection, identification and management of introduced marine pests. We have performed field surveys of marine pest species and biofouling communities in tropical through to temperate environments and have undertaken a range of national management projects. Surveys have been performed in major and small ports, marine protected areas, and at proposed development sites, whilst biofouling inspections have been performed on commercial fishing vessels and equipment to be relocated for port expansion projects. National projects undertaken relate to database and collection management, pest control, eradication technologies, monitoring guidelines and biofouling risks. …Further information

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Aquenal has been commissioned by Commonwealth and State governments, research agencies, ports authorities and other corporate organisations to perform a range of introduced marine pest and biofouling surveys and management projects.

Introduced marine pest baseline surveys

We have performed the following marine pest baseline surveys:

  • Port of Launceston, Tasmania
  • Port of Hobart, Tasmania
  • Port of Burnie, Tasmania
  • Minor ports (seven ports), Tasmania
  • Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
  • Skardon River, Queensland
  • Channel Rock, Port Kennedy, Queensland
  • Various proposed development sites; for example Lauderdale Quay in Ralphs Bay, Tasmania

Click on icons in the right panel to open port survey baseline reports.

Biofouling inspections and surveys

We have performed surveys and inspections of biofouling communities, as indicated below; note that we are also developing technological solutions to address risks of marine pest spread via Biofouling Solutions.

  • Nationwide survey of biofouling species on representative commercial fishing vessels, including vessels based in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
  • Biofouling inspection of dredging infrastructure and floating plant at Port Hedland, Western Australia, and at Batam Island, Indonesia, to be used in the Port Botany Expansion Project.
  • Numerous surveys of biofouling communities on wharves as part of the above port baseline marine pest surveys.

Information from all of our marine pest and biofouling field surveys is fed into the database managed by our Benthic Ecology Laboratory to provide an important resource on marine pest distributions.

National marine pest and biofouling management projects

Aquenal has been commissioned by Commonwealth research and government agencies in Australia to undertake a number of projects concerned with national and local management issues (listed below). Through this work, we are familiar with the most recent developments in the National System for the Prevention and Management of Marine Pest Incursions.

  • Support to the CSIRO for the management of the National Port Survey collection and database for marine pests
  • Development of National Control Plans for six agreed pest species of national concern
  • Review of current and potential technologies for marine pest emergency eradication response
  • Review of the Marine Pest Monitoring Guidelines and Manual
  • National assessment of marine pest risks associated with vessel biofouling (collaboration with the National Centre for Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania)
  • Surveys of the northern Pacific seastar Asterias amurensis in southern Tasmania to measure the efficacy of a pilot trapping control program