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.
On February 26th, a preliminary workshop to the 4th BALMAS meeting in Durrës was held at the CNR-ISMAR Research Institute in Ancona (Italy).
Institutes involved in the project (ISMAR-CNR of Venezia, Ancona and Lesina; OGS; ISPRA; Centro Ricerche Marine; University of Urbino; CNR-IAMC Taranto) took part to the meeting, during which the first port baseline survey (PBS) results from the main ports of Trieste, Venezia, Ancona and Bari have been showed.
The main aims of the workshop were:
All the preliminary results, suggested changes to the PBS protocols and weakness points will be presented during the 4th BALMAS meeting in Albania.
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