The Suez canal, connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, has created a direct shipping route between the East and the West. However, over the years, the invasive species have increased the risk of extinction for native marine life, while they have also changed the Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences, according to scientists.
A team of scientists from the University of Southampton, Bangor University and the National Oceanography Centre have found out that several artificially introduced species in the coastal waters of southern England, using a genetic technique that could detect early non-native species if adopted more widely.
During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. David Nichol, Senior Loss Prevention Executive, UK P&I Club, provided a brief overview of old and new challenges surrounding biofouling and what is in store for the future.
California recently shared its experience from the first year of enforcing Biofouling Management Regulations, that apply to vessels arriving at California ports from 1 October 2017. The California State Lands Commission emphasised that the International AFS Certificate issued by a vessel’s flag state is not enough to document effectiveness of a vessel’s antifouling coating.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species as a result from international shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and research suggests that 70-80% of introductions occur through biofouling. Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses how shippers could reduce biofouling risk.
The California State Lands Commission issued a letter to ship agents that might call in California ports, addressing the implementation of biofouling management requirements and reminding of existing reporting requirements.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. Research indicates that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur from biofouling and new areas are being invaded.
At the ICS Annual Shipping Conference, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted two important issues on the industry’s current agenda, reducing harmful emissions and dealing with invasive species, stressing that, despite a huge amount of progress, both represent “unfinished business”.
An IMarEST workshop on practical biofouling management strategies was conducted in Melbourne, Australia, on 12-15 September. Biofouling is defined as the undesirable accumulation of aquatic organisms like, plants, algae and animals on ships’ hulls, which pose at risk the conservation of biodiversity.
A new global project aiming to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation, according to IMO. The GloFouling Partnerships project will focus on the implementation of the IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling.
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