Risk Factors for Fouling Biomass: Evidence from Small Vessels in Australia.

Invasive marine flora and fauna threaten biodiversity and maritime industries in Australian waters. Recreational vessels play a large role in the transfer of invasive species. The authors describe a novel use of multilevel modeling to assess the relationship between biofouling biomass (BFB) and vessel characteristics. It was found that time elapsed since a vessel’s last cleaning is strongly related to BFB, differing according to type of vessel. No link was found between BFB and size of vessel. The number of trips is related to BFB, varying according to the type of antifouling paint (AF) applied to the vessel. To help prevent the spread of invasive species, the authors recommend that vessel operators use an AF paint suited to their vessel, and follow the paint manufacturer's specifications in maintaining a schedule of maintenance.


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  • Accession Number: 01716965
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 18 2019 9:15AM