As of the 13 October 2023, all biosecurity requirements for the topside of vessels and for biofouling are in the updated Craft Risk Management Standard (CRMS) for Vessels (2023). The new standard combines 2 previous standards – the Craft Risk Management Standard for Biofouling (2018) and the Craft Risk Management Standard for Vessels (2018). This comes into force from today, 13 October 2023.
Marine pests and diseases introduced to New Zealand on vessel hulls (biofouling) are a threat to our marine environment and resources. All vessels arriving in New Zealand must provide evidence of biofouling management prior to arrival.