Report on the potential to use genetic engineering to stop critters from fouling boats.
New research solves a mystery behind the gunk that sticks to the bottoms of boats
The gist is that creatures that adhere to marine
surfaces require a bacteria to activate the genetic process transitioning from larval to adult stage (when they stick to things). By changing these bacteria or changing the genetic structure of the critter itself the transition to adult stage might be reversed. So instead of a biocide a future bottom paint
might contain some kind of anti-bacterial property.
I guess it could be dangerous to "fool" Mother Nature but some big players are helping to fund this research
(e.g. US Navy). Thus it seems to be a serious effort to understand what is possible.