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Statutory Documents - IMO Publications and Documents - Resolutions - Marine Environment Protection Committee - Resolution MEPC.207(62) 2011 Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive Aquatic Species (Adopted on 15 July 2011) - The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

The Marine Environment Protection Committee,

 RECALLING Article 38 of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Marine Environment Protection Committee relating to any matter within the scope of the Organization concerned with the prevention and control of marine pollution from ships,

 RECALLING ALSO that Member States of the International Maritime Organization made a clear commitment to minimizing the transfer of invasive aquatic species by shipping in adopting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004,

 RECALLING FURTHER that studies have shown biofouling on ships to be an important means of transferring invasive aquatic species which, if established in new ecosystems, may pose threats to the environment, human health, property and resources,

 NOTING the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992, and that the transfer and introduction of aquatic invasive species through ships' biofouling threatens the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity,

 NOTING ALSO that implementing practices to control and manage ships' biofouling can greatly assist in reducing the risk of the transfer of invasive aquatic species,

 NOTING FURTHER that this issue, being of worldwide concern, demands a globally consistent approach to the management of biofouling,

 HAVING CONSIDERED, at its sixty-second session, the draft Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species, developed by the Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases,

  • .1 ADOPTS the 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species, as set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  • .2 REQUESTS Member States to take urgent action in applying these Guidelines, including the dissemination thereof to the shipping industry and other interested parties, taking these Guidelines into account when adopting measures to minimize the risk of introducing invasive aquatic species via biofouling, and reporting to the MEPC on any experience gained in their implementation; and

  • .3 AGREES to keep these Guidelines under review in light of the experience gained.


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