aquaculture industries worldwide • Often strong competitors (eg space and food) • Solitary ascidians impacting cultured mussel and oyster industries overseas • Increased costs of production and processing • Impacts on growth rates and meat yields
mussels on lines • Increased weight can lead to crop losses • Concern around effects on seed-stock survival • Lack of basic ecological information (eg seasonality, reproduction, distribution, etc.) • Limited impact studies
work) - University of Wellington Objectives To describe fouling communities along the Pelorus Sound in relation to environmental variables. Evaluate the influence seasonality, age and substrate position on the development and composition of biofouling. Define regions with distinct biofouling.