Marine Fouling at HMAS STIRLING, Western Australia,
MATERIALS RESEARCH LABS ASCOT VALE (AUSTRALIA)
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This publication details the results of a study of marine fouling at the Naval Support Facility, HMAS STIRLING in Careening Bay, Western Australia. Marked seasonal variation in the settlement of fouling organisms was noted, with the heaviest settlement of most species coinciding with the high water temperatures of the summer months. The fouling community developed in several stages dependent upon temporal variations in settlement and growth of organisms. Established fouling underwent annual changes due to the heavy annual summer settlement of numerous species, the late winter influx of Mytilis edulis and the periodic fall-off of large mature organisms. The dominant marine fouling species at HMAS STIRLING were different to those prominent in the fouling at the east Australian Naval establishments.
- Marine Engineering