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Vulnerability to bioinvasions: Current status, risk assessment and management of ballast water through A regional approach – The Adriatic Sea

David, Matej; Magaletti, Erika; Kraus, Romina; Marini, Mauro (2019) Vulnerability to bioinvasions: Current status, risk assessment and management of ballast water through A regional approach – The Adriatic Sea. Marine pollution bulletin, 147 . pp. 1-7. ISSN 0025-326X

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The United Nations recognised the transfer of invasive species across natural barriers as one of the greatest pressures to the world's oceans and seas. The BWM Convention sets the global standards on ballast water management (BWM) requirements, while recognising that regional and local specifics have to be considered for its effective implementation. In the Adriatic Sea cross-border activities were conducted to provide for essential information/data and tools to support a regionally coordinated implementation of the BWM Convention. This special issue contains 18 publications that include results and recommendations from studying the ballast water and management issues through sampling of ballast water on vessels, risk assessment for exemptions and BWM, biological and chemical port baseline surveys and monitoring conducted in ports along the Adriatic Sea coast, oceanographic conditions, ballast water sediment issues and their management in ports, and the implementation options of the BWM Convention through the Adriatic States' environmental law and institutions cooperation. Essential data and tools to support a regional approach in the implementation of the BWM Convention were provided, and are therefore available to the administrations of the Adriatic countries to enable protection of the Adriatic Sea environment, human health property and resources from negative impacts of ballast water being discharged in the area. Data, approaches and tools provided here may be helpful in any other region to support an effective BWM Convention implementation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maritime transport ; Harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens ; Ballast water management ; Risk assessment ; Port baseline surveys ; Adriatic Sea
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geophysics
NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences > Marine Science
Divisions: Center for Marine Research
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Sustav upravljanja balastnim vodama za zaštitu Jadranskog mora-BALMASRomina Kraus1° STR/0005IPA
Depositing User: Romina Kraus
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 10:15
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.06.057

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