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Ballast water--Aquatic non-indigenous species research


August 2005 - September 2010


A multi-year cooperative research with multiple ballast water objectives and multiple partners/cooperators is envisioned. This project will focus on research and development of ballast water treatment technologies and potential introductions of marine and estuarine species in Puget Sound. Specific objectives include:

Objective 1. Prevent introductions of aquatic invasive species through technology development leading to effective
management of invasion pathways and control points with emphasis on detection and treatment of ballast
water organisms.
Objective 2. Evaluate the effectiveness of marine ballast water technologies to assess the ecological risks
and economic costs associated with new and existing ballast water practices.
Objective 3. Develop science-based risk assessment and modeling to support prevention and timely
response to ANS invasions.
Objective 4. Assist in the development of adaptive management for containment an/or reduction of
coastal impacts resulting ANS species invasion.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Western Fisheries Research Center

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey