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This page will host a growing repository of biosecurity risk mitigation tools developed as part of this programme. Most tools will become available in the second half of the research programme and any updates will be posted on the News page.

Level of Fouling (LOF)

The Level of Fouling (LOF) is a nominal rank scale with six categories and is widely used to rapidly characterize biofouling on submerged surfaces of ships and boats.

Auckland Council recently contracted Cawthron Institute’s Biosecurity Team to develop an updated guideline for application of the LOF scale. This document can be downloaded.

The LOF scale and its application will feature in some of the research associated with the Marine Biosecurity Toolbox programme.

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