Report a marine pest sighting

Agriculture Victoria is the lead agency for the management of marine pests in Victoria.

Reporting marine pests means that you are helping to stop the introduction of exotic species into Victoria and preventing the spread of existing pests to other parts of our coastline.

Any unusual, strange or exotic marine species, found or sighted in Victoria, should be reported to Agriculture Victoria.

Three ways to report a sighting

1. Email


When making a report remember to include the following details to help Agriculture Victoria officers to follow up on your report as quickly as possible:

  • your name
  • contact phone number
  • email address
  • name or brief description of the marine pest you wish to report
  • number of animals you have found or spotted
  • date and time of the sighting
  • location where the marine pest was found or spotted (specific references to streets or landmarks are helpful)
  • images including an item that helps determine the size of the pest e.g. a coin or a pen.

2. Call

Call the Agriculture Victoria Customer Service Centre 136 186.

3. Use our online form

You can submit your report or sighting using the form below. Fill out as much as possible and a member of the marine pest team will contact you directly.

Fields marked with * are mandatory.

Page last updated: 17 Jan 2024