Marine Invasive Species Program
- On March 23, 2017, the Marine Environmental Protection Division will convene a customer service meeting and Marine Invasive Species Program reporting workshop. The agenda includes information about proposed regulations, reporting forms and ballast water management compliance. The meeting is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Banning's Landing Community Center in Wilmington, California.
Updates on regulations, statutes, stakeholder communications, technical advisory groups, and legislation.
- Vessel Fee Increased to $1,000 Effective April 1, 2017. On December 6, 2016, the Commission approved regulations that increased the fee paid by vessels with a qualifying voyage arrival at a California port. (See Public Resources Code, § 71215.) The fee was increased from $850 to $1,000. The Board of Equalization will begin collecting the increased fee on or after April 1, 2017. The fee is deposited into the Marine Invasive Species Control Fund and funds the state's Marine Invasive Species Program.
- Invitation to comment on the development of amendments to regulations to implement and enforce California's ballast water discharge standards. Before initiating the formal rulemaking process, the Commission is holding an informal comment period from February 7 to March 24, 2017, to inform the amendments to regulations to implement the ballast water discharge standards and the development of protocols to assess vessel compliance (Article 4.7).
- Proposed Modifications to Biofouling Management Regulations. The Commission is proposing modifications to the proposed amendments to regulations addressing biofouling management to minimize the transfer of nonindigenous species from vessels arriving at California ports (Article 4.8).
- The Commission approved the 2017 Biennial Report on the California Marine Invasive Species Program. The report covers the activities and accomplishments of the MISP between July 2014 and June 2016. The report also summarizes next steps to continue to fulfill the Commission's mandate of moving the state expeditiously toward eliminating nonindigenous species discharges into state waters.
- 2017 Letter to Agents regarding Submittal of Required Reporting Forms
- Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action. The Commission is proposing to amend the regulations of Article 4.5, Marine Invasive Species Control Fund Fee.
- Biofouling Regulations. The Commission has withdrawn the proposed Article 4.8 regulations, Biofouling Management to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Operating in California Waters. Staff expects to commence a new 45-day public comment period in summer 2016.
- New Ballast Water Management Form. As of July 1, 2016, the Commission's Marine Invasive Species Program will no longer accept the old U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Ballast Water Reporting Form. All vessels arriving at California ports should submit the USCG Ballast Water Management Report (BWMR) to the Commission to fulfill reporting requirements.
- Amendment to the Marine Invasive Species Act. Assembly Bill 1312 amended the Marine Invasive Species Act. The changes are briefly summarized in the following letter.
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 (Pending Revision)
- 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. The Collection of Information Relating to the Hull Husbandry Practices of Vessels for Control of Marine Invasive Species in Waters of California
Assistant Chief, Marine Environmental Protection
Nicole Dobroski (916) 574-0742
Ballast Water Performance Standards/Treatment Technologies
Jonathan Thompson (916) 574-2276
Biofouling and Ballast Water
Raya Nedelcheva (916) 574-2568
Chris Scianni (916) 574-0209
Compliance and Enforcement
Christopher Brown (510) 426-1215
Jackie Mackay (562) 499-6312