Marine Invasive Species Program
Updates about regulations, statutes, stakeholder communications, technical advisory groups, and legislation.
- Webinar on California Biofouling Management Regulations: First Year Update
The Marine Invasive Species Program presented a webinar in October 2018 to provide an update on the implementation of California’s biofouling management regulations. The webinar specifically focuses on improving clarity for specific requirements that have been commonly deficient during inspections during the first year of implementation.
- Feasibility Study of Shore-Based Ballast Water Reception and Treatment Facilities in California
The Delta Stewardship Council has posted the final report evaluating the feasibility of shore-based ballast water reception and treatment facilities in California.
- 2018 Letter to Agents regarding Biofouling and Reporting Requirements
This letter provides information about the implementation of biofouling management requirements and a reminder about existing reporting requirements.
- Guidance Document for Biofouling Management Regulations to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Arriving at California Ports
This guidance document summarizes the requirements of the Marine Invasive Species Program's new biofouling management regulations that are effective October 1, 2017. The guidance document also includes a Frequently Asked Questions section and an example Biofouling Management Plan template.
- Use of Ballast Water Management Systems in California Waters
On July 24, 2017, Commission staff issued a letter to all vessel owners, operators, and agents approving the use of U.S. Coast Guard Type Approved Ballast Water Management Systems and U.S. Coast Guard accepted Alternate Management Systems to manage ballast water prior to discharge in California waters.
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Information and Resources
- CHAPTER 1. General Provisions 71200-71202
- CHAPTER 2. Ballast Water Management Requirements 71203-71210.5
- CHAPTER 3. Research and Program Evaluation 71211-71213
- CHAPTER 4. Marine Invasive Species Control Fund 71215
- CHAPTER 5. Civil and Criminal Penalties and Liability 71216-71217
- CHAPTER 6. Repeal 71271
- Article 4.5. Marine Invasive Species Control Fund Fee
- Article 4.6. Ballast Water Regulations for Vessels operating within the Pacific Coast Region
- Article 4.7. Performance Standards for the Discharge of Ballast Water for Vessels Operating in California Waters
- Article 4.8. Biofouling Management to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Arriving at California Ports
- Article 4.9. Marine Invasive Species Act Enforcement and Hearing Process
Assistant Chief, Marine Environmental Protection
Nicole Dobroski (916) 574-0742
Ballast Water Performance Standards/Treatment Technologies
Jonathan Thompson (916) 574-2276
Chris Scianni (562) 499-6390
Jackie Mackay (562) 499-6312