Aquaculture

Marine pests can have a serious effect on your aquaculture business.

They can increase your operating costs and lead to lost income. If marine pests get into your aquaculture farm, they may:

  • damage your infrastructure
  • prey on your stock
  • spread diseases
  • affect human health.

Keep it clean and free from pests. Train staff to identify marine pests. Report anything you find.

Find out how to help protect your industry from pests and diseases. Watch the video.

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Human health

Pests such as oysters or barnacles can attach to your equipment and cut you or your workers.

Some pests are microscopic organisms. In high levels they may be toxic to humans.

Shellfish feed on and accumulate these pests.

This can:

  • create human health issues
  • cause the affected shellfish beds to be closed down.

Keep it clean

Keep marine pests out of your aquaculture business.

Anything you submerge in water can spread marine pests. This includes livestock, racks, trays, nets, cages, lines, ropes, oyster baskets and vessels.

Protect your business and Australia’s waterways:

Avoid any action that could spread pests to a new location.

Biofouling

Marine organisms that attach and grow on submerged surfaces.

Biofouling is one of the most common ways that marine pests spread. They can attach in large quantities on vessels and equipment and move long distances. They will then spread to the next location you use your equipment or vessel.

Biofouling increases the longer a vessel or structure is submerged or when antifouling paint is not regularly applied.

Stock and equipment

Keep your stock and equipment free of biofouling.

  • Look for pests or unusual growth.
  • Regularly clean and dry all equipment.

Use clean equipment to transport stock. Remove anything you find. Dispose of it on land.

Vessels

Vessels moving between locations can spread marine pests.

Check, treat and clean vessels regularly. Include hard to reach areas.

Know your area

Keep a lookout in your area.

Be informed. Look for anything unusual. Help stop the spread of marine pests.

Local requirements

States and territories are responsible for managing marine pest risks in their area.

You must meet requirements set by your relevant state or territory authority:

 

Report it

See something unusual? Report it. Even if you’re not sure.

If you see something you think is a pest:

  • note the exact location (screenshot your map app or enable photo geotagging on your phone)
  • take a photo (use something for size reference, like a coin or note)
  • contact your state or territory authority.

Report

Resources

Biosecurity:

Plans for aquatic animals: