Review and Enhancement of Remotely Operated Vehicles for Marine Pest Surveillance

Report prepared by Kevin Ellard, Invasive Species Branch, Biosecurity Tasmania, 2021

This project investigated remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as a cost-effective surveillance method to detect marine pests. The three objectives of the project were:

  • Examine the new generation of observation-class ROVs (OROVs) and assess available units to identify OROVs that are fit-for-purpose for marine biosecurity surveillance.
  • Determine if cost-effective and easily transported OROVs are available or could be developed for less than $35,000.
  • Increase knowledge of biosecurity stakeholders on the potential use of OROVs for surveillance purposes.

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

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