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 11th September 2015 started the ballast water sampling in Ancona. Thanks to the collaboration of the efficient team of researchers from the OGS - Trieste, the support of CNR-ISMAR Ancona and the Coast Guard more than five ships have already been sampled till now.
Figure 1: OGS team at work.
During the first day of sampling on board, a press conference was organized with the regional television Tg3 (see here) and the local magazine Corriere Adriatico to make aware the public of the alien species risk introduced with the ballast water and of the pivotal importance of the strategic project BALMAS.
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