- Author: Leigh Taylor Johnson
Who ya gonna call?! Although about half of boats rarely leave home, there is a lot of traffic on the coastline of the Californias. What resources are available for boaters to control invasive hull fouling species as they travel this long coast? To find out we surveyed nearly 200 providers of fouling control supplies and services on the coasts of California, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and three major boating areas of Baja California.
We found widespread capacity to provide and maintain copper-based antifouling paints. Supplies and services for zinc-based, nontoxic epoxy and nontoxic slick hull coatings are uncommon to rare. In-water hull cleaning, slip liners and boat lifts complement hull coatings in controlling fouling growth. Hull cleaning services are available all along the coasts of the Californias. Slip liners and boat lifts are uncommon to rare.
For information on policy relevant findings and cost summaries for supplies and services, take a look at the two new, supply-side fact sheets on the Aquatic Invasive Species page of our website at http://ucanr.org/sites/coast/Aquatic_Invasive_Species/