As part of the OCEANIC project, the development of a European biofouling mapping is a specific output which aims to provide developers, operators and regulators a quick overview of geographical biofouling distribution facilitating informed decisions.
This tool is based on five, among the most problematic, biofouling groups: macroalgae (specifically Kelp), bryozoans, mussels (and other relevant bivalves) and calcareous tubeworms in different European Ecoregions.
The database provides information on the organisms’ occurrence (e.g., coordinates, distance from land, depth), and key biofouling parameters to the MRE sector (e.g., biofouling thickness and weight), aiming to inform developers planning their projects (e.g., site selection, type of coatings to be used, frequency and type of maintenance operations).
A preliminary version of the biofouling database along European coasts has been presented at the ICOE Conference 2018 in Cherbourg, Normandy, France.
The final version of this tool is available by request (using the form below). The biofouling database is intended to be updated as frequently as new data is found, and users are invited to share their own data (with recognition of their company/project/work).
We ask you to recognize the OCEANIC project when using this database.
For additional information please contact Pedro Vinagre (firstname.lastname@example.org).