Research Program

RP1 Offshore Engineering and Technology (OET)

Project Leader

Martin Veidt, The University of Queensland

Project ID



Towards Biofouling-free Aquaculture and Off-shore/High Energy Renewable Energy Generation: State-of-the-Art and R&D Priorities.

Problem statement

Biofouling is a notorious problem for the Blue Economy industry on a number of levels:

  1. Operation/maintenance: mitigating biofouling incurs large operational costs due to the need for frequent cleaning.
  2. Infrastructure: Biofouling causes structural damage due to increased drag forces and materials degradation.
  3. Fish health and biosecurity: increased risk of fish stress, diseases, parasites and invasive species causing damage to the aquaculture environment.

Relevance to participants and end-users

Biofouling is considered a critical challenge for most CRC industry partners and highly relevant for RP1, RP2, RP3 and RP4. It is essential to participants and end-users to collate and analyse the substantial knowledge of the problem and possible solutions available as part of the corporate knowledge and expertise in the research and industry partner organisations of the CRC and complementary information available in the public domain.


The scoping study provides a SWOT analysis and R&D roadmap for the CRC identifying practical solutions and evaluation methods for the industry.

Images courtesy of SINTEF & Xylem

Project Participants

  • Advanced Composite Structures Australia Pty Ltd;
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Carnegie Clean Energy Limited
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • East China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences
  • Ghent University
  • Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd
  • Tassal Group Limited
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Tasmania
  • Xylem Water Solutions Australia Limited


6 months

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