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Marine pollution

Australia implements a range of standards and regulations to protect the marine environment from pollution. These standards and regulations ensure we meet international obligations. You must comply with these regulations and report marine pollution incidents.

You may also need to make a general incident report.

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The polluting effect of containers

Neither containers nor their contents should be permitted to remain in the marine environment where removal is practical.

Pollution reporting

Find out how to report a marine pollution incident.

MARPOL discharges

Find out about the discharge requirements you are subject to under MARPOL. These requirements apply to oil, noxious liquid substances, sewage, garbage and air emissions.

MARPOL Convention

MARPOL is the main international convention for preventing ship sourced pollution.

Vessel waste management

You will need to follow specific requirements for the management and disposal of waste. Make sure you carry appropriate documentation to prove your compliance.

Fishing gear marking and reporting

Keep up with discussions at the IMO on measures to address marine plastic litter, including fishing gear.

Regulations and standards

Our maritime safety and protection of the sea laws implement international and national standards.