Exotic aquatic animals and plants (particularly noxious species) can damage the natural balance of our environment. Aquatic pests threaten South Australia’s fisheries, aquaculture, recreation, navigation, and tourism industries.
- are exotic (non-native) species that have, or pose the risk of having, impacts
- can be fish, aquatic plants and animals (crabs, molluscs invertebrates)
- compete with native species important to our economy and conservation
- damage aquatic environments reducing attractiveness and social enjoyment of aquatic areas
- foul aquaculture and industrial infrastructure
- pose health risks
- can be found in freshwater, estuaries and marine environments.
Marine pest locations and data can be found using the National Introduced Marine Pest Information System.
How to identify and report aquatic pests
Reporting suspected exotic species
Early detection is important to stop the establishment and spread of aquatic pests. If you see an unusual freshwater or marine creature report it straight away:
- call Fishwatch 24 hour hotline on 1800 065 522
- report via the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide App.