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Göteborg: 7 September 2022

Australia: AMSA issues updated marine notice for managing biofouling and in-water cleaning

We have received information from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) which has 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.



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