MOST WANTED: The UK's Top Marine Fouling Offenders
WANTED: The UK’s Top Marine Fouling Offenders
coral worm and hydroids to a simple slime layer, no boat owner is ever glad to
see fouling species. Today we hone in on the UK’s worst offenders.
The Culprit: Riftia pachyptila
Favourite Hit Spots: Chichester Harbour; Shamrock Quay, Southampton
without planning permission.
Despite their shell-like appearance, these creatures
actually have soft bodies. At the larval stage, tubeworms protect themselves by
building protective calcareous shells with can quickly (coral worm can spread
in just 2 weeks) turn the bottom of your boat into an unsightly squatter
settlement. These unruly shelters exploit the slimy layer of weed fouling below
them, which they treat as effort-free foundations.
contact your marina manager or harbourmaster immediately. In thepast, Chichester Marina was forced to lower
its prices for lift-outs, which were needed at extremely short notice due to
excessive fouling. And the tubeworm has been spotted moving up the coast!
The Culprit: Cirripedia
Favourite Hit Spots: East Coast Rivers, especially the Thames and
the Blackwater; Littlehampton; Oban; Largs
child neglect. Blame the parents for them littering your vessel. Baby barnacles
dominate this form of shell fouling, clinging to boat surfaces like it was
their elusive mother. If the mother stuck around, perhaps they’d be better
behaved, and wouldn’t trespass.
hope that it’s not on your boat! On unprotected boats, these youths are a
nightmare to remove, but you don’t need us to tell you that.
The Culprit: Hydroidia
hydroids, filter feeders
Favourite Hit Spots:
fraud. Don’t be fooled by their have branches and leaves, hydroids are actually
carnivorous animals. Related to jellyfish, sea anemones and corals, they come
from a long line of relatives that are masters of disguise. Masquerading as
weed fouling on boat surfaces, these organisms have no shame in pejorating the
already struggling reputation of marine algae.
Seen: congratulations, you’ve
got a good eye! However, don’t be tempted to touch them.Just as their ribbon-like cousins would,
hydroids often sting other animals on contact.
course, you could just protect your boat with the Aquacote system, and free
yourself from worries of these marine offenders.
more information, visit our website,
or tweet us @Aquacote using the hashtag #FreedomFromFouling.