BALLAST WATER


Ballast water transferred by vessels is recognized by the United Nations as a prominent vector for transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens across natural barriers.


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Volume of Ballast Water


The volume of Ballast Water discharged in the Adriatic Sea ports is above 10 million tons per year.


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NON-INDIGENOUS SPECIES


In the whole Adriatic region 190 non-indigenous species were registred by Zenetos et al. (2010).


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INTEGRATING ACTIVITIES


The BALMAS project integrates all necessary activities to enable a long-term, environmentally efficient and financially and maritime transport sustainable implementation of ballast water management measures in the Adriatic.


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AVOIDING UNWANTED RISKS


Within BALMAS we will establish a common cross-border system linking all Adriatic research, experts and national responsible authorities in order to avoid the unwanted risks to the environment and humans from the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ships’ ballast waters and sediments.


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BALMAS - Ballast water management for Adriatic Sea protection

Sampling of benthic communities and mobile epifauna, crabs, fish and shrimps have been carried out in May 2014 at four sampling sites: Ancona (7th-8th May), Trieste (12th-13th May), Venice (19th-21th May) and Bari (26th-27th May). Picture is showing benthos sampling “grattage” by the scuba divers of the Italian Coast Guard (Ancona port). Written by Dr. Fabio Grati

 

Field work was coordinated by ISMAR-CNR in Ancona and Venice. Sampling of benthos in Trieste have been carried out by OGS Trieste and in Bari by ISMAR-CNR in synergy with ISPRA Roma. Sampling of fish community have been performed by ISMAR-CNR everywhere.

 

Figure 1: Fish and mobile fauna sampling (Ancona port)

 

Underwater samplings of benthos living both on vertical hard substrates (docks and pylons) and on soft bottoms were performed by the scuba divers of the Italian Coast Guard, using the “grattage” technique (20x20 cm frame) and a hand corer (18 cm diameter and 30 cm length), respectively. In each  sampling site three sampling station were selected by the scientific team in consultation with port authority and in each station three transects were sampled. In each vertical transect three quota were chosen according to depths. In each horizontal transect two hand corers were taken: one at 50 m from vertical transect and one at 1 m from vertical transect. The material collected by scuba divers was separated from the mud-sand and preserved in formalin.

 

 Figure 2: Lab activities in Venice

 

Fish community, mollusks and crustaceans were collected using a trammel net (inner mesh size 70 mm and outer mesh size 400 mm, length 50 m and height 3 m) and 3 traps baited with sardines in each sampling station. Catch was identified at the species level, measured and weighed. Visual census was not possible either because the scuba divers of the Coast Guard were not skilled to do that and because the visibility was too low. 

 

 Figure 3: Fish and mobile fauna sampling (Venice port)

 

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NEWS

 

15 November

16th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 16th (last) progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
20-22 September

BALMAS FINAL MEETING

BALMAS final meeting in Piran, Slovenia.

 

30 June

15th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 15th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

4-6 May

BALMAS MEETING

6th regular BALMAS meeting in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 
30 April

14th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 14th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
31 January

13th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 13th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
30 November

12th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 12th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 
3-5 November

BALMAS MEETING

5th regular BALMAS meeting in Venice, Italy.

 

31 October

11th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 11th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

30 June

10th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 10th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

27 May

BALMAS INFO DAY

BALMAS Info Day, Bar, Montenegro

 

30 April

9th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 9th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

22-26 March

BALMAS MEETING

4th regular BALMAS meeting in Durres, Albania.

 

31 January

8th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 8th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

31 December

7th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 7th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

 

30 November

6th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 6th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

31 October

5th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 5th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

7-9 October

BALMAS MEETING

3rd regular BALMAS meeting in Kotor, Montenegro

30 September

4th PROGRESS REPORT

Deadline for sending the 4th progress report to the appropriate First Level Control Office.

27 September

TRIESTE NEXT

BALMAS presented at the 3rd edition of this open lab event.

17-18 September

Workshop in Piran, Slovenia

2-day workshop on ballast water sampling and analysis

15 September

4th ACTIVITY REPORT

Deadline for sending the 4th activity report by e-mail to the Lead Partner.

30June

3rd report deadline

Activity Report and Financial Report to be submitted

5June

BALMAS info day in Ancona

BALMAS info day in Ancona

7May

FIRST SAMPLING

First sampling of sediments in the Piran gulf

30April

PROGRESS REPORT

2nd project progress report due

8-10April

2nd BALMAS MEETING

2nd balmas project meeting

14-16January

BALMAS KICK-OFF MEETING

Kick-off meeting at the National institute of Biology, Marine biology station in Piran, Slovenia! General presentations about the balmas project, meeting of the whole project group.

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