See something unusual? Report it. Even if you’re not sure.
Report marine pests as soon as possible. Give us the best chance to stop the spread and help protect our marine environment.
Don’t know what marine pests to look out for? Learn how to identify marine pests
Find out more about marine pests with the National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS)
Take a few close-up photos of the suspected marine pest from different angles.
Where possible, include an object in the photo for size reference (like a coin or bank note, or a ruler if available).
If your camera has GPS, turn it on.
Record relevant details including the number of suspected marine pests you saw.
Check the location
Record your exact location. Include as many details about where you found the pest as you can, such as the habitat (e.g., harbour, beach, rocky reef).
You can screenshot your map app or use photo geotagging on your phone. You can turn geotagging on in your phone settings.
Note the date and the known (or approximate) time of the sighting.
If the organism was found underwater (i.e., while SCUBA diving) include the approximate water depth if known.
Report a sighting near you
Contact the Commonwealth, state or territory authority where you found the suspected marine pest using the reporting contact details below.
Unsure if it is a marine pest? Report it anyway.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Canberra ACT 2601
Webpage How to identify marine pests
Find out more with the National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS)