WG 44: Biofouling Management

Lead Agency: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC)

Co-Sponsors:International Maritime Organization (IMO) and UN Environment

The working group will support the mandates and programmes of IMO and its GloFouling Partnerships, IOC and other agencies dealing with biofouling, with an emphasis on its role as a vector of the transfer of Non Invasive Species (NIS). It will also address data gaps, including those that have been highlighted through the respective relevant governing bodies of these organizations. It will seek to identify areas of common scientific interest, monitor trends, provide consistency of scientific advice and facilitate the coordination of UN agency activities on the transfer of NIS through marine biofouling in the international context.