Professor Rocky de Nys
CSIRO fellowship for biofouling
An expert in the biology and control of marine organisms which grow on
submerged surfaces or biofouling, James Cook University's Head of
Aquaculture, Professor Rocky de Nys, has been appointed as a Flagship Fellow
with the Wealth from Oceans Flagship.
The Fellowship provides the Flagship with the opportunity to work with
Professor de Nys, a world-renowned expert in scientific and commercial
issues associated with biofouling.
Professor de Nys will use his comprehensive knowledge of antifouling
technologies to analyse the status of current global technologies and
recommend how CSIRO may be able to respond to biofouling challenges and
opportunities. These will contribute directly to the goals of the Wealth
from Oceans Flagship in its research program to explore ocean-based industry
development and growth.
"An important aspect of the current suite of antifouling products is that
they work by releasing chemicals to prevent the growth of marine organisms
on the hulls of ships and other marine platforms" Professor de Nys says.
"This Fellowship provides the opportunity to contribute to the development
of new physical and non-release antifouling technologies. These technologies
have the potential to have a very positive impact for the marine environment
and also strong commercial applications."
Marine biofouling is the settlement and growth of organisms on submerged
surfaces. All submerged surfaces are rapidly colonised and subsequent
biofouling communities have significant economic and environmental impacts.
The major economic cost of fouling is on boats, in particular merchant and
naval vessels, where biofouling increases frictional resistance and can
increase overall voyage costs by 40-70 per cent.
Biofouling is also a major vector for the introduction and spread of marine
pest species, with detrimental environmental and financial outcomes. Marine
platforms and aquaculture equipment are also impacted severely by marine
Flagship Visiting Fellowships are designed to enable world class researchers
to be seconded from their organisations to undertake collaborative projects
under the auspices of CSIRO's National Research Flagships program. The
program has been allocated $97 million over seven years under the Federal
Government's 'Backing Australia's Ability - Building Our Future Through
Science and Innovation' package.
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