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Biofouling Inspectors

Biofouling Inspectors (known officially as Invasive Marine Pest Experts) assist with invasive marine species (IMS) inspections of vessels, the creation of biofouling management plans, and providing other marine biosecurity advice to vessel managers and stakeholders.

Biofouling Inspectors are highly specialised professionals, however, there is no professional association or standard recognised qualification.

To provide guidance and standards on what is expected of inspectors, Fisheries has developed three documents:

  1. Guidance statement - Criteria for Suitably Qualified Invasive Marine Pest Experts:
    This document outlines the criteria Fisheries use to approve a suitably qualified invasive marine pest expert as required by relevant ministerial conditions under the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

    Fisheries considers the policy to be the best practice approach for all IMS inspections.  The use of a suitably qualified person provides Fisheries with a level of confidence that a vessel’s risk has been appropriately managed to a low/acceptable level. This can minimise potential delays to vessel mobilisations.
  2. Guidance Statement - Biofouling Inspection Report requirements:
    This document outlines the minimum requirements Fisheries needs to consider an IMS inspection report valid for the purposes of assessing a vessel for IMS risk.
  3. Guidance Statement - Best practice guidelines for IMS Inspections:
    This document provides guidance on the best practice requirements for conducting an IMS inspection. This includes conducting pre-inspection likelihood analyses of where IMS may be found on vessels, inspecting internal seawater systems and other niches, and being able to identify suspected IMS and collect samples appropriately.

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