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.
The volume of Ballast Water discharged in the Adriatic Sea ports is above 10 million tons per year.
In the whole Adriatic region 190 non-indigenous species were registred by Zenetos et al. (2010).
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.
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.
Two BALMAS campaigns were carried out in the port of Trieste in May and June 2014.
Either the water column and the sediments were sampled with the partnership of the Coast Guard of Trieste and of the divers staff of S. Benedetto del Tronto.
Figure 1: Sampling of macroalgae and macrozoobenthos on hard substrates supported by the Coast Guard in May 2014
In May 2014, undisturbed surface sediments samples were collected by means of a gravity corer equipped with plexiglas cylinder of 13 cm diameter (see Figures 2-4). Triplicate sediment subsamples (cores of short diameter) were obtained from corers.
Figure 2: Sampling of sediments.
Figure 3: Sampling of sediments.
Figure 4: Sampling of sediments.
Figure 5: The operative staff of the Coast Guard of Trieste.
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