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 Friday 25th occurred the big SHARPER event, the night of European Researchers. During this night all the researcher groups from the University of Ancona and CNR were involved to talk to the citizens about their activities and projects.
Figure 1: SHARPER event poster on Dallaporta..
For this occasion, our research vessel Dallaporta was opened to all people that wanted to make a dive on the life on board and to hear about the project BALMAS. Almost one hundred visitors attended to the presentation of the project and enjoyed the guided tour of Dallaporta.
Figure 2: Young public on Dallaporta attending the presentation of BALMAS..
The visit was animated by several questions and curiosities coming from the public; more than 80 brochures and stickers of BALMAS were distributed to the people.
Figure 3: Group of people waiting to come on board and listening to Dr. Elisa Baldrighi about BALMAS project...
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