Dr Ashley Coutts

Managing Director / Principal Scientist

B.Ed. (Environmental Science) University of Melbourne 1999;

Grad. Cert. App. Sc. (Fisheries Management) Australian Maritime College 1996;

M.Sc. (App. Sc. Fisheries Management) Australian Maritime College 1999;

Ph.D. (Marine Biology) Victoria University of Wellington

 

Ashley started BFS in 2008. He previously worked for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) as a Marine Pest Advisor and had considerable input into the development of Australia's proposed Biofouling Management Requirements and other invasive marine pest policies.

 

Prior to this, Ashley was a Marine Biosecurity Scientist with Cawthron Institute in New Zealand where he undertook scientific research and consultancy involving various aspects of invasive marine species (IMS) research and management.

 

His Masters and PhD research focused on assessing the biosecurity risks associated with vessel biofouling as a vector for the marine pests.

He is the principal scientist behind the development of our innovative enclosure treatment system, the IMProtector.

 

Ashley has also been an active member of the Consultative Committee on Introduced Marine Pest Emergencies (CCIMPE), the National Introduced Marine Pests Coordination Group (NIMPCG) and other technical advisory groups.

 

He has conducted biofouling risk assessments, inspections and coordinated in-water cleaning operations of oil rigs and service vessels in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, China, Hong Kong,  Canary Islands, United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Finland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia.

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Areas of Specialist Expertise

  • Biosecurity risk assessment and management

  • Taxonomy of temperate marine invertebrates

  • IMS policy development and analysis

  • Training

  • Development and testing of novel environmentally friendly anti-fouling coatings

  • Vector management and treatment

  • Experimental design and analysis

  • Development and application of incursion response and management tools for IMS

  • Development of educational material and outreach programs

  • Coordination of eradication and control programs for new and established IMS

  • Stakeholder and Government liaison relating to biofouling regulations and requirements

  • Vessel inspections for IMS of concern

  • Underwater photography

Technical Qualifications

  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) OPITO Course No. 5700. (Current)

  • Helicopter Safety and Escape (HUET) (Current)

  • Sea Survival Certificate (Current)

  • Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) (Current)

  • SSI CPR and Oxygen Provider Certificate (Current)

  • ADAS Part 1 AS 2815.1 Scientific Diving qualification (Current)

  • Nitrox Diver - Technical Diving International (Current)

  • Dive medical, Australian Standards 4005.1 (1992), 2299.1 (2007), 2299.2 (2001)

  • Current DAN Workplace Level II First Aid Certificate (Current)

  • Underwater Photography Course - CSIRO/CRIMP

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety Certificate

  • Invertebrate Taxonomy Training (Ascidians and soft sediment in-fauna)

  • Project Management Certificate

  • Working Safely at Heights (RIIOHS204A) (Current)

  • Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (RIIOHS202A) (Current)

  • Attended invasive polychaete identification workshop, Australian Museum, Sydney, 1-2 August 2013

  • Participated in the Western Australia Department of Fisheries Biofouling Inspection Seminar, Marine Research Laboratories, Hillarys, 12-14 May, 2016.

Selected Publications

 

Books and book chapters

Lewis, J. A., Coutts, A. D. M. (2009). Biofouling. In: Dürr, S and Thomason, J. C. (Eds), Biofouling. Blackwell Publishing.

 

Scientific Publications

Coutts, A. D. M., Valentine, J. P., Edgar, G. J., Davey, A., Burgess-Wilson, B. (2010). Removing vessels from the water for biofouling treatment has the potential to introduce mobile non-indigenous marine species. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1533-1540.

Hopkins, G. A., Forrest, B. A., Coutts, A. D. M. (2010). The effectiveness of rotating brush devices for management of vessel hull fouling. Biofouling 26: 555-566.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Piola, R. F., Taylor, M. D., Hewitt, C. L., Gardner, P. A.  2010. The effect of vessel speed on the survivorship of biofouling organisms at different hull locations. Biofouling 26: 539-553.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Piola, R. F., Hewitt, C. L., Connell, S. D., Gardner, P. A., 2009. Effect of vessel voyage speed on the survival of biofouling organisms: implications for translocation of non-indigenous marine species. Biofouling 26: 1-13.

Floerl, O., Coutts, A. D. M. (2009). Potential ramifications of the global economic crisis on human-mediated dispersal of marine non-indigenous species. Marine Pollution Bulletin 58: 1595-1598.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Dodgshun, T. D. (2007). The nature and extent of fouling in vessel sea-chests: a protected mechanism for marine bioinvasions. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54, 876-886.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Taylor, M. D., Hewitt, C. L. (2007). Novel method for assessing the en route survivorship of biofouling organisms on various vessels types at different hull locations. Marine Pollution Bulletin 54, 97-116.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Forrest, B. M. (2007). Development and application of tools for incursion response: lessons learned from the management of a potential marine pest. In: Whitlatch, R. B. and Bullard, S. G. (Eds), Proceedings of the First International Invasive Sea Squirt Conference, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States, April 21-22, 2005 Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 342, 154-162.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Taylor, M. D. (2004).  A preliminary investigation of biosecurity risks associated with biofouling on merchant vessels in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 38, 215-229.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Taylor, M. D. (2004). Marine Biosecurity in New Zealand. Proceedings of a workshop on current issues and potential management strategies: hull fouling as a mechanism for marine alien species introductions to Hawaii. Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 12-13, 2003.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Taylor, M. D. (2004). Case study 1: Biofouling on merchant vessels in New Zealand. Proceedings of a workshop on current issues and potential management strategies: hull fouling as a mechanism for marine alien species introductions to Hawaii. Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 12-13, 2003.

 

Coutts, A. D. M. (2003). Case study 2: Dumb barge teaches important lessons. Proceedings of a workshop on current issues and potential management strategies: hull fouling as a mechanism for marine alien species introductions to Hawaii. Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Honolulu, Hawaii, February 12-13, 2003.

 

Coutts, A. D. M., Moore, K. M., Hewitt, C. L. (2003). Ships’ sea-chests: an overlooked transfer mechanism for non-indigenous marine species? Marine Pollution Bulletin 46, 1504-1515.

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