Biofouling Solutions provides customised advisory services to assist our clients in meeting biofouling and Invasive Marine Species management guidelines and regulations both within Australia and Internationally. Our staff include highly trained scientists, taxonomists and governance experts who combine their diverse range of skills and experience to scientific, environmental and industrial applications.
Regulatory requirements for biofouling and Invasive marine species management vary considerably from place to place and between industries, causing potential operational delays and costs. In some cases vessels may even be prohibited from entry to prescribed waters or provided with notice to leave those waters if the biosecurity risk has not been adequately addressed. BFS is able to help you navigate through the relevant regulations, enabling your business to get on with what it knows best without having to endure unnecessary delays to scheduling or production.
Our specialist services target commercial maritime industry sectors including:
Petroleum production and exploration;
Marine infrastructure development;
Our team has a tertiary scientific background in marine biology, a history of working within regional, national and international regulatory bodies, and extensive practical experience working on marine infrastructure. Areas of strength include biofouling management techniques, regulatory advice and scientific research for biofouling control applications such as antifouling paints and inwater cleaning technologies.
We conduct risk assessments to determine the likelihood of vessels, infrastructure or management activities translocating/dispersing Invasive Marine Species based on proposed activities. Such risk assessments can guide clients towards cost-effective decision-making.
Biofouling Solutions can prepare risk assessments for clients wishing to assess the likelihood of their marine vessels and infrastructure (such as oil rigs, jackets or caissons) carrying IMS.
In many instances, regulatory authorities require biofouling risk assessments to be undertaken for IMS prior to a vessel (or infrastructure) being granted permission to enter prescribed waters or ports. Biofouling Solutions has developed risk assessment methodologies closely aligned with those used by the Australian Government to assist in determining what (if any) action is required to ensure that potential IMS incursions are mitigated.
Risk assessment planning, education and awareness are critical elements of Biofouling Solutions service to clients. Our aim is to ensure environmental integrity through good business planning and an ability to improve our client's understanding of risk mitigation measures and solutions.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Biofouling Solutions has accumulated over 100 years of combined experience in the ecology and management of IMS. With all this in-house knowledge, we are actively developing a range of training tools to increase the capability of the maritime community to effectively manage the impacts, spread and ongoing control of biofouling and IMS.
BFS has developed targeted education and training programs to increase awareness of biofouling management and IMS issues on behalf of a range of clients including the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Education material has targeted a broad range of audiences from divers participating in cleaning operations through to awareness raising materials for member states of the IMO. In addition to specific training material BFS staff have presented at a range of scientific conferences and workshops examining various aspects of IMS and biofouling ecology.
Examples of previous training and education projects include:
Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development IMS Inspector training course:
BFS developed an eight module training course as a pre-requisite for IMS inspectors clearing vessels for operation in Western Australian waters. The course provides in depth instruction for all element of inspection from pre-inspection through to cleaning practices and reporting.
IMO Invasive Aquatic Species Instructors manual and presentation:
Following the release of the 2011 IMO Biofouling Guidelines the IMO contracted BFS to produce a series of training resourses to raise awareness of the Biofouling Guidelines and to educate operators of the role biofouling plays in the transportation of IMS
IMO Biofouling Awareness survey and information package:
To gauge the state of awareness regarding biofouling the IMO contracted BFS to undertake a survey to assess awareness in member states and maritime industry bodies. In addition to an online survey BFS developed a two-page pamphlet for distribution to IMO member states and other stakeholders.
IMS Identification Cards:
This series of indentification cards focuses on 33 of the 'noxious fish' listed in the Western Australian Prevention List of Introduced Marine Pests. Each card provides a range of useful information aimed at IMS inspectors including taxonomic identification tips, distribution and general ecological information. Copies of these identification cards are available under the 'Science' drop down menu of our website.
BFS Divers guide to Biofouling:
A series of printable guides developed for commercial divers with limited biological backgrounds. This tool was developed to assist BFS inspectors in training divers to an acceptable standard to perform IMS inspections.
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