The International Maritime Organization is seeking information from recreational boat owners on how they prevent and manage fouling on their craft as part of a major project to help address the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Together with GloFouling Partnerships the International Maritime Organization have launched a survey to identify better and more economically efficient tools for all boaters to prevent bio-fouling.
GloFouling Partnerships, in partnership with World Sailing, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are aiming to produce a study from the results of the survey which shows the impacts of bio-fouling on 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 bio-fouling in a cost-effective way for all types of sailing boats, motorboats and yachts.
Participants of the survey are asked to provide information on factors affecting bio-fouling such as the material of their boat’s hull, where they store their boat and the length of time that the boat has stationary over the past two years.
The results will help identify the main challenges of bio-fouling and what kind of solutions would be easier to implement in the future.
The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete. To take part please click here.