Better shipping practices
Stopping the invasion
WWF worked within the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for a number of years on the development of an internationally binding Convention on Ballast Water Management, and is now working to ensure the convention is ratified.
The convention aims to prevent, minimize, and ultimately eliminate the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens through the control and management of ship ballast water and sediments.
Ballast water sampling report MEPC 65
A lack of simple and affordable sampling methods for ballast water has been put forward as a main hurdle for states to ratify the BWMC. This study makes the case for entry into force of the BWMC by showing that there are enough ballast water sampling methods that are relatively simple to engage, affordable, applicable on all vessel types and in all geographic region and are already used on board vessels.Download WWFs submission on ballast water sampling to IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in May here.