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Using encrusting bryozoan adhesion to evaluate the efficacy of fouling-release marine coatings.

Authors
  • Waltz, G T1
  • Hunsucker, K Z2
  • Swain, G2
  • Wendt, D E1
  • 1 Center for Coastal Marine Sciences, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, USA.
  • 2 Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biofouling
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2020
Volume
36
Issue
10
Pages
1149–1158
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2020.1857742
PMID: 33342296
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Biofouling communities are spatiotemporally diverse, underscoring the need to assess fouling-release (FR) coating performance against common biofouling taxa at multiple field sites. Adhesion strength assessments of FR coatings incorporate few taxa into standardized protocols. This study tested the feasibility of incorporating existing ASTM barnacle protocols on tubeworms and encrusting bryozoans (EB). Additionally, trends in adhesion strength among these taxa were compared at two field sites. EB adhesion at both field sites showed consistent results and adhesion strength followed the same trend: tubeworms > barnacles >EB. Testing EB adhesion was feasible and enhanced assessments of FR coatings by increasing the diversity of assessed taxa.

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