Renée Tigges (née Reinfrank)

Marine Scientist / Sales & Marketing

B.App.Sc. (Fisheries) Australian Maritime College 1999;

AS 2815.1 Commercial Diver;

NSCV Coxswain Grade 1 (NC)


Renée graduated from the Australian Maritime College in 1999 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries). Since graduating Renée has held research support and technical roles with The Ecology Lab Pty Ltd, Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities (EICC), UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).


Renée joined Biofouling Solutions in January 2012 and is a recognised IMS Inspector. Renée’s experience in intertidal, subtidal and benthic marine ecology and taxonomy provided a solid foundation for working with IMS and biofouling. Renee is an ADAS qualified commercial diver and worked as a marine research diver for 11 years before joining Biofouling Solutions.

To date, Renée has conducted numerous IMS inspections and coordinated cleaning operations of vessels in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Norway, Finland, Estonia and Western Australia.

When not in the field on IMS inspections, Renée undertakes desktop work such as; Vessel IMS Risk Assessments, bespoke Pre-mobilisation Biofouling Management Plans and tailored Biofouling Management Plans and Record Books (according to the IMO Guidelines). 

Renée has recently become involved in the marketing and distribution of Biofouling Solutions' Inwater Cleaning Technologies. Renée is available to answer queries and provide information on our range of products.

Areas of Specialist Expertise

  • Vessel inspections for IMS of concern (dry-dock & in-water)

  • Co-ordinating/supervising vessel cleaning/treatments for IMS of concern (dry-dock & in-water)

  • Creating Biofouling Management Plans (BFMP)

  • Conducting Vessel IMS Risk Assessments

  • Identifying marine invertebrates and algae (subtidal, intertidal and soft sediment in-fauna)

  • Sound understanding of experimental design

  • Data management

  • Research diving, boating handling, commercial fishing practices and other field skills

  • Reproductive staging techniques (macroscopic and microscopic) and processing and preparation of otolith of scalefish.

Technical Qualifications

  • NSCV Coxswain Grade 1 (NC)  (Current)

  • ADAS AS2815.1 Commercial Diver (Current)

  • SSI Dive Control Specialist (Inactive)

  • SSI Enriched Air Nitrox - 40%

  • Occupational Dive Medical (Current)

  • Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) (Current)

  • Provide Basic Emergency Life Support (HLTAID002) (Current)

  • Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (HLTAID001) (Current)

  • Work Safely at Heights (RIIOHS204A)

  • Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (RIIOHS202A)

  • Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency

  • Participated in the Tropical Bivalve Biodiversity and Taxonomy Workshop. Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore, 23-27 July, 2012.

  • Participated in the Invasive Polychaete Identification Workshop, Australian Museum, Sydney, 1-2 August 2013.

  • Participated in the Western Australian Department of Fisheries Marine Biosecurity Workshop, Marine Research Laboratories, Hillarys, 15 August 2014.

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

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