Towards solutions for sustainable shipping and boating: better biofouling and ballast water management
Jurmala (Latvia), 4–5 December 2019
The aim of the conference is to discuss potential solutions and sustainable management options to reducing the risk of invasive species introductions caused by shipping and boating in the Baltic Sea Region. The latest findings on the magnitude of the biofouling issue, and the current practices for biofouling management will be presented, and cost-effective solutions to harmonizing management actions across the region will be sought. Biofouling management will be discussed from the viewpoints of both the commercial shipping sector as well as the leisure boating sector. Moreover, the need for an early warning system for harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in the region, and the scientific support for harmonized implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention will be clarified.
The stakeholder conference is aimed at policy makers on international, regional, and national level, (e.g. maritime and environmental administrations) as well as at local administrations, ports/port authorities, chemical safety authorities, shipyards/docks, shipping companies, boating associations, marinas, environmental NGOs, and companies providing hull cleaning services or antifouling systems.
Conference sessions are organised around key management issues related to biofouling and ballast water management, including:
Which biofouling management practices should be used in the Baltic Sea?
In-water cleaning as a promising management option to prevent biofouling: which preconditions must be fulfilled?
Which stakeholders would benefit from an early warning system for harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens?
How to apply and grant exemptions for ballast water treatment?
The Interreg Baltic Sea Region project COMPLETE stands for Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping (www.balticcomplete.com). COMPLETE addresses two of the major sources for harmful organism introduction caused by shipping and boating: ballast water and vessel hulls. The project tackles several gaps in current knowledge and management. COMPLETE works towards minimising the introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens by developing a consistent and adaptive management system for the Baltic Sea Region. The project has partners and collaborators in all Baltic Sea countries.