Marine PestsNot all introduced species have a significant impact on our marine life. Some find it hard to establish or compete in a new environment, or fall prey to our native species. However, many have the capacity to cause massive damage by displacing our native flora and fauna, by predating on native species or by becoming serious pests to our marine industries. These species are known as marine pests.
There are a number of recognised marine pests in Tasmania including the Northern Pacific Sea Star (Asterias amurensis), Wakame - Japanese Kelp (Undaria pinnatifida) and the European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas).
Help protect Tasmania from aquatic pests and diseases
The University of Tasmania has an interactive website Redmap, that invites the Tasmanian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Tasmania, or along particular parts of our coast: www.redmap.org.au
■ Weeds, Pests and Diseases for information on other pest species.
■ Institue for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) website or
■ National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (CSIRO) for more information on marine pests.
■ Tasmanian Marine Protected Areas Strategy.
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