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Invasive marine species and fish diseases threaten our aquatic ecosystems, fishing industries, exports and even our lifestyle. The management of marine pests into our waters such as Caulerpa taxifolia, sabellid worm and toxic phytoplankton, is a relatively new area of marine research in SA. A critical element of MISA was the construction of a large aquatic biological containment facility, South Australian Aquatic Biosecurity Centre (SAABC) at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy Campus, north of Adelaide.

Biosecurity projects

SA Aquatic Biosecurity Centre capability statement (PDF 3.5MB)

Biosecurity research results (MISA Snapshots - one page non-technical summaries) 
MISA biosecurity research covers:

  • marine pests
  • fish pathogens and parasites
  • nuisance and toxic microalgae

Many research stakeholders already undertake research within these topics. MISA is ensuring better coordination and collaboration, and expanded research in the areas of:

  • spatial risk analysis
  • marine micro-algal physiology
  • multi-disciplinary ecology
  • invertebrate taxonomy
  • biological control-design and development
  • fish veterinary science
  • genetics

DNA-based molecular diagnostic testing capabilities is being extended to develop and validate assays to identify and quantify pathogens and marine pests in a variety of samples.