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The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Project will drive actions to implement the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships' biofouling, which provide a globally-consistent approach on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to minimise the transfer of invasive aquatic species through ships' hulls. The project will also spur the development of best practices and standards for improved biofouling management in other ocean industries.


Biofouling is the accumulation of marine animals, plants and algae on the surface of ships and other marine structures. When ships and structures move to new areas, these species can detach themselves, adapt to the new habitat, overcome local fauna and become invasive, with negative effects in the host ecosystem.



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

GloFouling Partnerships Project addresses 5 out of 17 goals.

Recreational boating and biofouling management survey

Complete the survey in order to help us produce a study on the impacts of biofouling in the recreational boating sector, and its role as a vector for invasive aquatic species.


The study will include recommendations on the best approaches to tackle biofouling in a cost-effective way for all types of sailing boats, motorboats and yachts.

Global Industry Alliance for Marine Biosafety

Calling leaders from maritime, shipping, ocean energy, aquaculture and other ocean-based industries to join this alliance to support two key IMO pressing environmental  objectives via improved biofouling management: protect marine biodiversity and decarbonize shipping.



Maintaining a clean hull: the environmental and economic footprint of ship hull fouling and hull maintenance



Thursday, 27 May 2021


1:00pm (BST/WEST)

Dr. Dinis Reis Oliveira will present on a novel interactive tool - HullMASTER, which helps to make evidence-based decisions on ship hull maintenance.


> March 2020 Newsletter - First GloFouling Partnerships newsletter >

Highlights new developments relevant to the project and its work in the first quarter of 2020, including the outcome from the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response seventh session (PPR 7)

< July 2020 Newsletter - GloFouling Partnerships newsletter <

Highlights new developments relevant to the project and its work in the second quarter of 2020, including the announcement of Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for Marine Biosafety launch.

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