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Biofouling management in New Zealand salmon farms: challenges and directions
Biofouling presents an operational challenge for finfish aquaculture globally. In New Zealand, the salmon aquaculture industry has moved away from the use of antifouled nets. While there are environmental advantages to not using biocides, untreated nets require regular cleaning to prevent occlusion and associated reduced water flow.

Dec 10, 2020 07:00 AM in London

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Lauren Fletcher
Marine Ecologist - Biosecurity and Invasive Species @Cawthron Institute
Dr. Lauren Fletcher is a marine biosecurity scientist at the Cawthron Institute, in New Zealand. Her research interests include the biology, ecology and impacts of marine pests with a particular focus on how these species interact with aquaculture activities. Lauren is currently conducting research investigating the impacts of biofouling in New Zealand’s salmon aquaculture industry. Other areas of interest include the effects of non-indigenous species on coastal ecosystems, novel management tools for marine pests, and benthic ecology more broadly. She also participates in broader projects evaluating marine biosecurity risks to New Zealand, including commercial consulting in the wider biosecurity area.