Port workshop to send marine pests packing

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

A new workshop on 7 October 2022 will present research findings and seek stakeholder feedback on how design of ports and selection of building materials can support marine pest management.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Deputy Secretary of Biosecurity and Compliance Dr Chris Locke said ports and marinas are the main locations of introduction for marine pests, via shipping and recreational vessels.

“The materials used in construction of ports and jetties, surface complexity and light availability, can all have big implications for the ability of invasive marine pests to find a foothold. Smart design can save costs and protect our waterways,” Dr Locke said.

“Marine pests are a key threat to Australia’s marine ecosystems, blue economy and coastal way of life.

“This workshop on 7 October will provide recommendations on the design of port infrastructure to improve marine pest biosecurity outcomes.

“The department has funded three years of research into the use of eco-engineering to prevent or reduce the introduction and colonisation of marine pests on marine infrastructure. This will reduce management costs for the facility and potentially for vessels using the facilities due to reduced marine pest biofouling.

“Preventing the introduction of invasive species is much cheaper and more effective than dealing with their arrival.

“Ecological engineering involves using ecological principles in the design of infrastructure to produce benefits to the environment and or humans.

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