Recreational boat survey

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Hello. Thank you for participating in the National Recreational Boat Survey, being conducted by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

The aim of the survey is to gather information about common anti-fouling practices used by recreational boat owners. We are also interested in patterns and movements of recreational boats around Australia's coastline. This research will help us understand biofoulingBiofouling occurs when aquatic plants and animals attach and grow on the wet areas of a vessel, such as the hull, propellers, anchors and lines. in relation to recreational boats and keep Australia’s waters safe from pests and diseases.

The survey should be completed by a person over the age of 18 years who has the best knowledge about the use and maintenance of the boat. This could be the owner, co-owner, a friend or family member who uses the boat, or a crew member.
Please complete one survey per boat. You are welcome to complete the survey additional times for other boats you own.
Data gathered from the survey may be published, but the identities of survey participants will remain confidential.
To learn more visit the recreational boat survey page on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website or by calling 1800 186 029 (toll free) or emailing the ABARES research team at

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.