Vector risks and management

A heavily fouled vessel ready for cleaning

Vessel biofouling remains the greatest source of new marine species introductions to New Zealand, accounting for around 70 percent of documented marine biosecurity incursions. 

Our scientists have extensive expertise in vessel biofouling and are developing new technologies to improve detection of pest threats.

Current projects include:

  • the use of cutting-edge molecular tools to characterise microscopic biofouling communities on vessel hulls
  • PhD research into the effect of port residency period and subsequent voyage pattern on growth and reproduction of biofouling organisms
  • development of biosecurity management plans for oil rigs and associated vessels entering New Zealand waters.


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