Biofouling and Corrosion Regulation
Any submerged structure will attract fouling and it is safe to assume that any fouling assemblage will contain non-native species. Emerging and existing UK and EU legislation requires that ‘all reasonable steps’ are taken to avoid the introduction and spread of ‘invasive’ non-native species, that is species that are detrimental to the environment, the economy or health.
Regular inspections undertaken alongside routine maintenance will cover you against potential litigation.
International Maritime Organization
Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidently or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found, with serious negative consequences for their new environment. They represent a major threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth billions of euros to the European economy every year.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) is the principal UK legislation dealing with non-native species.