Weed and Debris Booms

Weed Boom

Designed supplied and installed in New Zealand by Trade Environmental for NIWA.
NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.


Weed and Debris booms are floating containment booms designed to contain rubbish and aquatic weeds in waterways. Once installed they control the wider spread of rubbish and free-floating aquatic weeds and plants by creating a floating barrier that the weed/rubbish can’t pass limiting its migration in an aquatic system.

Our weed booms are built to withstand harsh aquatic environments and have the same Australian made quality workmanship as all our marine containment products. We can ship anywhere in Australia and pride ourselves on speedy, reliable service.


weed-boom-skirtHi-grade closed cell foam, crumble resistant (won’t break down over time) yet affordable and reliable. The skirt on a weed boom is built from horticultural UV stabilized woven cloth promoting a larger pore size more effective for weed rubbish and floating debris applications.

Take a look at one of our custom heavy duty booms being put through rigorous testing.

PRO TIP: Silt curtains are not effective weed curtains as they foul easily due to their smaller pore size and heavier lag in the water. Weeds can pass beneath a silt curtain if the filtration medium is too fine. Call us for advice about control measures if you’re not sure what product would best suit your project. Our standard weed boom has a 300mm skirt and 100mm or 150mm freeboard depending on the water conditions ensuring a good containment barrier. We manufacture custom weed and debris booms to suit specific site applications with deeper heavier grade skirts, larger floats and external deflection floats for heavier debris when it’s required to implement an effective plan for you.

Standard weed boom configurations:

Model NumberLengthFree boardDraftChain/Ballast

Before setting out to control weeds with a weed boom you first need to understand the type of weed you’re dealing with and its characteristics.

Weed and Containment BoomSalvinia Molesta: (SEQ catchments most typical aquatic weed)
Salvinia Molesta is a floating fern style weed. It’s free floating and doesn’t attach itself to soil and creates large blankets in Aquatic systems reducing sunlight and oxygen. Salvinia can in some cases cover a complete aquatic system choking the waterway completely. It likes slower moving waters and enjoys nutrient-rich environments. Weed booms are effective containment devices for Salvinia Molesta, particularly in SE Queensland catchments.

Call us if you have a Salvinia problem.

QLD conditions create a perfect environment for weed and algae bloom. When planning to implement a weed containment boom you must anticipate rainfall and how it affects the overall conditions such as force and levels to ensure your containment barrier remains effective under rain events.



There are many ways to utilize a weed boom and in most cases, the best result will be a site-specific configuration. If you need help configuring an effective weed and rubbish control zone talk to us today.

Reverse V:  Application, weed and rubbish containment, slow to moderate moving water

Reverse VThe ‘Reverse V’ can be used on small and larger scale deployments to control rubbish, weed and aquatic plants that are free floating in the water. The purpose of the V configuration is to deflect the rubbish or weeds toward the bank of the catchment area making less work for harvesting, spraying or other types of control whilst dividing the flow velocity. The reverse V allows operators to remain on the banks of the catchment area to control the collected weeds, as opposed to having to go into the water-saving time, money and resources.  The reverse V configuration requires more booms then a standard installation but it’s still regarded by many as a saving to operators because of the ease of control once weed is collected on the banks.

One-way slice:  weed and rubbish containment, slow-moving water

Slice InstallationThe ‘Slice’ can be used to control weed, debris , nd rubbish containment and has two main anchor points on land, then as many as required throughout the remaining length of the boom. Like the reverse V it promotes collection without needing to get in the water but towards one side of the bank of the aquatic system only. A slice should be used in slow-moving waters only as it spans the entire distance promoting one point collection. Ideally used if the adjacent bank is inoperable.

Conventional Installation: weed and rubbish containment, slow to moderate moving water

Conventional InstallationA conventional installation requires operators to harvest from the water. The advantages of this set up are load distribution, scalability and reliability. Establish two land points and anchor in between as required. Conventional systems may be used when the banks are inoperable or side bank collections are not feasible.

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