Marine pests can have a serious effect on ports and marinas.
Boats and vessels regularly pass through from different locations. They pose a high risk of spreading marine pests. These pests can damage your infrastructure and lead to fines or closures.
Protect your port or marina:
- Keep it clean and free from pests.
- Look out for boats and vessels that may bring pests into your waters.
- Learn how to identify pests. Report anything you find.
Learn how you can help protect Australia from marine pests. Watch the video.
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Keep it clean
Keep marine pests out of your port or marina.
Anything that is submerged in water can spread marine pests. Keep watch for pests on incoming vessels and signs of pests in your waters and on your structures.
Protect your business and Australia:
- check local requirements with your state or territory authority.
- read our guidance on managing biofouling risks.
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.
Marina operators can apply to be a certified clean marina.
This is a voluntary program. It involves training and accreditation, including ways to protect inland and coastal waterways.
Find out more about clean marina certification.
Keep your port or marina free from biofouling.
- Check and clean your infrastructure regularly.
- Make sure vessels are free from biofouling when they arrive.
- Provide facilities to clean vessels and dispose of fouling safely.
Look for pests or unusual growth. Remove anything you find. Dispose of it on land.
Use our biofouling management guidelines for marinas, slipways, boat maintenance and recreational boating facilities.
Read our advice on managing vessel risks.
Know your area
Keep a lookout in your area.
Make sure vessel operators are meeting their obligations.
Be informed. Look for anything unusual. Help stop the spread of marine pests.
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:
- New South Wales — Department of Primary Industries
- Northern Territory — Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
- Queensland — Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- South Australia — Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA
- Tasmania — Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
- Victoria — Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Western Australia — Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
See something unusual? Report it. Even if you’re not sure.
If you see something you think could be 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.
Marine pests and how to identify them.
- Maritime Arrival Reporting System — Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Ballast water management requirements
- Control of harmful antifouling systems on ships
- National Assessment Guidelines for Dredging 2009 (publication)
- Sea dumping – platforms, vessels and other items
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority
- Port operators — Department of Home Affairs
- Reception facilities – International Maritime Organization