Report of the ICES/IOC/IMO Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors (WGBOSV)
The objectives of the meeting were to review and report on the status of shipping vector research with an emphasis on studies of shipping transport vectors, shipping vector management activities and risk assessment. The Group discussed sampling and analysis strategies for type approval and compliance testing of ballast water treatment technolo-gies, as well as the effects of treated and exchanged ballast water on the aquatic environ-ment. In addition, the Group discussed new developments in non-native species issues associated with biofouling of artificial structures in the marine environment, and in the Arctic. The Group also considered potential benefits of new molecular tools for identifi-cation, early detection and monitoring of non-indigenous species, after having explored potential for collaboration with the ICES Working Group on Integrated Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy (WGIMT). Finally, the Group reviewed the OSPAR JAMP Eutrophication Guidelines to address issues related to invasive, non-indigenous species.
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