Biological Invasions

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 3063–3065 | Cite as

Review of “Global maritime transport and ballast water management” by M. David and S. Gollasch, eds.

  • Lisa A. Drake
Book Review

Given the volume of ballast water transported annually in the global fleet (billions of tonnes, depending on the reference) and the notable ecological and economic effects engendered by some introduced species (e.g., Dressenia polymorpha and Mnemiopsis leidyi), international, national, and state policies have been promulgated. They intend to decrease the transport and delivery of introduced species. Most notably, limits on the discharge of living organisms in ballast water are being enacted by the United Nation’s maritime body, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and they are reflected in legislation at smaller scales, at the national level (e.g., as promulgated in the US, Australia, and New Zealand), the regional level (e.g., the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment [ROPME] in the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea), and the state level (e.g., California). In response to the limits on an estimated 60,000 commercial vessels affected by the discharge...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemistry DivisionNaval Research Laboratory, Code 6136Key WestUSA

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