Global treaty on ballast water to halt invasive aquatic species will enter into force in 2017

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08 Sep 2016

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017, marking a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.

More information at: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/22-BWM-.aspx

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