On April 20, 2017, The California State Lands Commission approved Article 4.8, Biofouling Management Regulations to Minimize the Transport of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Arriving at California Ports. The regulation was also approved by California’s Office of Administrative Law. As a result, Article 4.8 will become effective as of October 1, 2017.
Article 4.8 provisions include:
In addition, the following requirements will come into effect after a vessel's first regularly scheduled dry dock after January 1, 2018, or upon delivery on or after January 1, 2018:
The official announcement from the California State Lands Commission can be viewed here: http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP/4-8_FinalLetter_15Aug2017.pdf