About the Standard

This is an important and rapidly emerging issue, and the industry has been proactive and developed a list of agreed standard names for commercial, and potentially commercial, aquatic plant species.

AS 5301-2020 The Australian Standard for Aquatic Plant Names has been published and can be downloaded here.

The Australian Standard for Aquatic Plant Names will potentially list standard names for both marine and freshwater plants but the first version has focussed on commercial aquatic plants.

This standard defines the standard names for aquatic plant names including algae, microalgae, samphire, etc to be used in Australia; and specify when standard names are to be used. Plants from marine and freshwater environments are covered by this standard, irrespective of the country of origin.

While the scope of the standard is intentionally broad, the Aquatic Plants Standards Reference Body (SRB) has restricted the initial list of species to key commercial species.

Other commercial species will be added as the need arises.