The objective of this 3-year project is to develop effective biofouling management strategies for the aquaculture industry. The project will review current fouling control techniques and then select and optimise suitable strategies to combat biofouling in aquaculture.

The following antifouling methods and strategies are covered:

  • Biological control (using natural grazers such as sea-urchins to control biofouling)
  • New materials such as non-toxic antifouling coatings
  • Electrical methods generating biocides (Cl-) or pH shifts
  • New shellfish handling and immersion techniques
  • Optimised cleaning techniques, for example using enzyme technology to weaken the bond between biofouling and stock organisms
  • Developing an improved knowledge base of biofouling that will allow avoidance measures to be taken.