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Developing and testing an Early Warning System for Non Indigenous Species and Ballast Water Management

Magaletti, Erika; Garaventa, Francesca; David, Matej; Castriota, Luca; Kraus, Romina; Luna, Gian Marco; Silvestri, Cecilia; Forte, Cosmo; Bastianini, Mauro; Falautano, Manuela; Maggio, Teresa; Rak, Giulietta; Gollasch, Stephan (2017) Developing and testing an Early Warning System for Non Indigenous Species and Ballast Water Management. Journal of Sea Research, 133 . pp. 100-111. ISSN 1385-1101

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This paper describes the methodological approach used for the development of an Early Warning System (EWS) for Non Indigenous Species (NIS) and ballast water management and summarizes the results obtained. The specific goals of the EWS are firstly to warn vessels to prevent loading of ballast water when critical biological conditions occur in ports and surrounding areas i.e. mass development or blooms of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP). Secondly, to warn environmental and health authorities when NIS or pathogens are present in ports or surrounding areas to enable an early response and an implementation of remediation measures. The EWS is designed to be used for implementing various parallel obligations, by taking into consideration different legal scopes, associated information and decision-making needs. The EWS was elaborated, tested in the Adriatic Sea and illustrated by two case studies. Although the EWS was developed with an Adriatic Sea focus, it is presented in a format so that it may be used as a model when establishing similar systems in other locations. The role of the various actors is discussed and recommendations on further developments of the EWS are presented. It was concluded that the EWS is a suitable tool to reduce the spread of potentially harmful and ballast water mediated species.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was funded by the EU IPA Project "BALMAS - Ballast Water Management System for Adriatic Sea Protection" (project code 1o STR/0005).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adriatic Sea ; Ballast Water Management ; Early Warning System ; Non-indigenous Species
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Geology
NATURAL SCIENCES > Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences > Marine Science
Divisions: Center for Marine Research
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
IPA ADRiATlC programme „Ballast Water Management System for Adriatic Sea Protection“ (BALMAS, 2013 – 2016)L. Gosar/A. PopitEK-IPA Adriatic n°1° STR/0005 – BALMASInstrument pretpristupne pomoći IPA
Depositing User: Romina Kraus
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2019 13:35
DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2017.03.016

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