Due to the recent exotic Caulerpa incursions along the coast of Northland, Northland Regional Council engaged scientists from the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox research programme to assist them with prioritizing locations for surveillance and readiness activities. The Manage&Respond team applied their prototype maritime pathway network model to predict critical risk locations.
Ports, marinas and other man-made structures placed in the sea, are quickly colonised by biofouling organisms. The environmental, economic and cultural impacts of fouling communities on these structures vary, but in many cases can be significant. Surprisingly, there are few cost-effective tools available to combat this issue – our paper explores what key industries are doing at present, and look to vessel biofouling tools and other leads for new approaches to this age-old problem!
A conceptual scheme of possible proactive and preventive biofouling management solutions on submerged static artificial structures
(Copyright: Marine Biosecurity Toolbox)