Temporal development of biofouling assemblages

​​Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, June 2010

A literature review was conducted to evaluate the development of biofouling assemblages on non-toxic substrates following immersion periods of 1 – 4 weeks, in both temperate and tropical climates. The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) requires this information to determine whether vessels undergoing hull cleaning in foreign ports may become recolonised by local biota following cleaning if they reside in these ports for a further 1 – 4 weeks following cleaning prior to departing for Australia.​

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