Biofouling is the growth of marine plants and animals on the submerged parts of a vessel like the hull, propellers, anchors, niche areas and fishing gear. Vessel biofouling is a major pathway for the introduction of exotic species into Australian waters.
Vessel owners can reduce the risk of spread of marine pests by incorporating practices that minimise the build-up of biofouling into routine cleaning and maintenance programs.
National biofouling management guidance has been developed for a range of vessel types.
- Recreational vessel biofouling guidelines (PDF)
- Aquaculture biofouling guidelines (PDF)
- Commercial fishing vessel biofouling guidelines (PDF)
- Commercial vessel biofouling guidelines (PDF)
- Non-trading vessel biofouling guidelines (PDF)
- Petroleum exploration biofouling guidelines (PDF)
National Anti-fouling and in-water cleaning guidelines (PDF) are available on the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website. The guidelines apply to vessels and moveable structures such as oil and other exploration rigs, floating dry docks, pontoons, aquaculture installations and navigational structures.
If you are considering undertaking in-water cleaning of a vessel in Victoria, you must contact us on 136 186 or email email@example.com prior to beginning any works.