1. Marine Pests
  2. What we do
  3. Get involved

Get involved

Everyone can help protect our oceans from marine pests.

Join our Marine Biosecurity Australia network. It brings together:

  • scientists
  • industry
  • government
  • members of the public.

They work together to improve our marine pest biosecurity.

To get involved, email us at marinepestnetwork@agriculture.gov.au

Purpose of the network

Our network will:

  • improve partnerships and collaboration on marine biosecurity
  • enable us to better understand, communicate and manage marine pest risks
  • coordinate nationally-significant research.


Current focus of the network.

Develop a marine biosecurity reference case for the offshore and petroleum industry

We are working to make marine biosecurity requirements clearer and more consistent:

The network will be involved in this work.

How to conduct safe in-water cleaning

Australia has anti-fouling and in-water cleaning guidelines.​ These provide advice on best-practice approaches for:

  • application, maintenance, and removal of anti-fouling coatings
  • in-water cleaning of biofouling on vessels and movable structures.

The network will contribute to a review of the effectiveness and uptake of the guidelines.

Network of researchers

Marine Biosecurity Research Australia is a national network of government, university and industry researchers. They contribute to our knowledge of marine pest impacts and management.

Through Marine Biosecurity Research Australia we can:

  • bring together researchers to identify research priorities
  • encourage partnerships
  • facilitate the exchange of ideas.

If you are undertaking research, we can help to identify:

  • potential collaborators
  • existing tools
  • considerations that may increase the national significance of your research.

Get involved with Marine Biosecurity Research Australia. Email us at marinepestnetwork@agriculture.gov.au.

Future work

We plan to expand network involvement to other marine biosecurity issues.

This will align with implementation of the MarinePestPlan 2018-2023.

Contact us

Get involved or have your say.

Contact us through our online form.