for the Department of the Environment and Heritage
About the report
This joint project between NSW Fisheries and the University of Wollongong had 3 objectives:
- To investigate patterns of dispersal, recruitment and growth of the invasive alga Caulerpa taxifolia and provide information on spread within NSW estuaries
- To investigate the vectors that may transfer C. taxifolia to new locations
- To develop environmentally benign ways of removing C. taxifolia which might eventually lead to its elimination from whole sites or regions
The research undertaken to address these objectives provided a good understanding of the population ecology of C. taxifolia in NSW estuaries, allowed the evaluation of several control techniques and underpinned the development of a Control Plan for Caulerpa taxifolia in NSW based on a preliminary assessment of risks.