Updated marine notice on biofouling

Thursday 1 September 2022
We have issued an updated marine notice on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s requirements for managing biofouling and in-water cleaning.

This updated marine notice provides general information to vessel owners, operators, ports and marinas on: 

  • New mandatory biofouling management requirements for international vessels that began on 15 June 2022  
  • the Anti-fouling and in-water cleaning guidelines for Australia and New Zealand 
  • the development of Australian in-water cleaning standards, and  
  • the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species (the Biofouling Guidelines). 

Read marine notice 11/2022.  

These requirements and guidelines help manage the risks that biofouling and in-water cleaning pose to Australia’s biosecurity and environment.  For more information  please visit the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries website.