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A close up view of a European fan worm on an underwater pylon
Be on the lookout and immediately report sightings of marine pests like the European fan worm, which can have a significant impact on our marine environment.
Tuesday 29 May 2018

Help keep our waters safe

Whenever you are out and about boating, diving, fishing or just enjoying the aquatic environment, become part of our early warning system and keep an eye out for aquatic pests or diseases.

Pests and diseases are a threat to WA’s aquaculture production and fishing industries, and can have a significant impact on our coastal and freshwater ecosystems.

We are on the lookout for pests and diseases and your sightings of suspect organisms can assist us in responding quickly. The sooner a pest or diseased animal is spotted and identified, the better our ability to contain and eradicate it before it can spread and become established in the marine environment.

Biosecurity Alerts help identify aquatic pests and diseases regarded as particularly serious threats. Current pests of concern include Asian paddle crabs, European green crabs, Japanese kelp, Northern Pacific seastars, Asian green mussels and European fan worms.

We are also on the lookout for diseases including White Spot Syndrome Virus and Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis.

If you think you have found or seen a pest, please report it to FishWatch on 1800 815 507, through the free WA PestWatch app or WA PestWatch on our website.

For more information about marine pests and identification images see the Australian Government’s marine pest identification cards.

Last modified: 29/05/2018 4:30 PM

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