The effect of vessel speed on the survivorship of biofouling organisms at different hull locations

Coutts, Ashley D.M., Piola, Richard F., Taylor, Michael D., Hewitt, Chad L. and Gardner, Jonathan P.A. (2010) The effect of vessel speed on the survivorship of biofouling organisms at different hull locations. Biofouling, 26 5: 539-553. doi:10.1080/08927014.2010.492469


Author Coutts, Ashley D.M.
Piola, Richard F.
Taylor, Michael D.
Hewitt, Chad L.
Gardner, Jonathan P.A.
Title The effect of vessel speed on the survivorship of biofouling organisms at different hull locations
Journal name Biofouling   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-7014
1026-7867
1029-2454
Publication date 2010-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08927014.2010.492469
Volume 26
Issue 5
Start page 539
End page 553
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study used a specially designed MAGPLATE system to quantify the en route survivorship and post-voyage recovery of biofouling assemblages subjected to short voyages (< 12 h) across a range of vessel speeds (slow, medium, fast; in the range 4.0-21.5 knots). The effect of hull location (bow, amidships and stern) was also examined. While no significant differences were evident in en route survivorship of biofouling organisms amongst hull locations, biofouling cover and richness were markedly reduced on faster vessels relative to slower craft. Therefore, the potential inoculum size of non-indigenous marine species and richness is likely to be reduced for vessels that travel at faster speeds (> 14 knots), which is likely to also reduce the chances of successful introductions. Despite this, the magnitude of introductions from biofouling on fast vessels can be considered minor, especially for species richness where 90% of source-port species were recorded at destinations.
Keyword Biofouling organisms
Hull location
Morphology
Non-indigenous marine species
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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