ICES-IOC-IMO Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors
ICES/IOC/IMO Working Group on Ballast of Ships and other Ship Vectors (WGBOSV):
Ballast water carried by ships from port to port is an unwitting vehicle for invading exotic species of marine life. Ships take in a certain amount of water for stabilisation before a voyage which is discharged at its destination. This so-called ballast water is full of stones, sediment and therefore is home to thousands of marine organisms. It is estimated that over 3,000 species travel around the world on a daily basis in this way.
The WGBOSV review and analyse ballast water treatment techologies and provide advice to the IMO process of developing guidelines to implement the IMO Ballast Water Convention.
The WGBOSV will meet in Lisbon, Portugal from 12–14 March 2012, with a back to back meeting with the Working Group on Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms [WGITMO].
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