In this project, researchers will use a combination of cutting-edge molecular techniques and traditional monitoring methods to survey the Gippsland Lakes for marine pests.
Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Council has provided $219,000 to fund this 18-month project.
Marine pests can pose significant risks to endemic biodiversity and have adverse impacts on fisheries and social amenity. Very little is known about invasive marine species (pests) in the Gippsland Lakes.
Researchers will develop a detailed understanding of their ecology and formulate options for ongoing monitoring, management and control.
Dr Nathan Bott leads the project, in partnership with Dr Alastair Hirst from Deakin University, and with input from CSIRO, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries and local stakeholders.