Stop the spread of aquatic pests
Recreational boat users and fishers
- Prevent unwanted hitchhikers – Boats have many niche areas where marine pests can accumulate. Keep your moored boat free of fouling by applying a suitable antifouling paint, and cleaning and renewing it when persistent fouling occurs.. Check, clean and dry trailer boats and gear (including anchors, ropes and chains) before you move between waterways.
- Dispose of any debris found on fishing and boating gear away from the waterway.
- Avoid recognised infestation areas. Anchors, propellers and other boating and fishing gear can pick up pests or weed fragments and spread them to new areas.
Ornamental fish enthusiasts
- Don’t dump that fish!
- Keeping fish is fun, but it is important to make sure that living things in your aquarium or home pond are kept away from our oceans and waterways.
- Take care when cleaning aquaria to prevent water, aquarium fish, aquarium plants, ‘live rock’ or other waste materials ending up in your local waterways (including a drain, creek or ocean).
- Give unwanted aquarium fish or plants to friends or an aquarium shop, or dispose of them humanely by putting them to sleep in an ice-slurry then freezing them.
Oyster and marine fish farmers
- Prevent accidental escapes – comply with aquaculture permit conditions designed to prevent the escape of fish (e.g. screened water outlets).
- Culture only those species listed on your aquaculture permit - don’t experiment with non-native species.
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