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Comparing Biofouling Control Treatments for Use on Aquaculture Nets

Center for Corrosion and Biofouling Control, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901, USA
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(12), 22142-22154;
Received: 18 August 2014 / Revised: 20 October 2014 / Accepted: 6 November 2014 / Published: 2 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Non (Limited)-Toxic Antifouling Solutions)
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Test panels comprised of uncoated, copper coated and silicone coated 7/8'' (22 mm) mesh knitted nylon net were evaluated to compare their properties and the effectiveness to prevent biofouling. This paper describes test procedures that were developed to quantify the performance in terms of antifouling, cleanability, drag and cost. The copper treatment was the most effective at controlling fouling, however, the silicone treated nets were the easiest to clean. The drag forces on the net were a function of twine diameter, twine roughness and fouling. After immersion, the uncoated nets had the most drag followed by the silicone and copper treatments. The cost of applying silicone to nets is high; however, improved formulations may provide a non-toxic alternative to control fouling. View Full-Text
Keywords: net fouling; net coatings; drag; biocides; fouling release; cleaning; test methods net fouling; net coatings; drag; biocides; fouling release; cleaning; test methods

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Swain, G.; Shinjo, N. Comparing Biofouling Control Treatments for Use on Aquaculture Nets. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15, 22142-22154.

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