The key for the countries preparing to enforce IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is to identify organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitor port marine life where ballast water may be released. The measures to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water was the main point involved in the treaty.
A regional workshop in Malé, Maldives which was held between 18-20 June trained participants from four countries* in compliance monitoring and enforcement of the Convention. Also, the event included training on how to conduct a relevant risk assessment for implementing and enforcing the BWM Convention with a focus on ship targeting for port State control and exemptions under a key regulation (regulation A-4) of the BWM Convention.
The workshop also included training on how to plan and conduct a port biological baseline survey using standardized protocols.