An online risk assessment
tool for alien species transfers via the ballast water of commercial ships was released jointly by HELCOM and OSPAR in 2014.
The tool comprises a database
on observations of alien species and physical features in ports, a list of
target alien species, a list of all marine and alien species observed in
port surveys in the region and an agreed risk assessment model.
This will allow
administrations and ship owners to quickly identify routes that may qualify for
exemptions to the application of ballast water management for ships (regulation
B-3) and those that are unlikely to.
The online tool is jointly administered by the HELCOM and OSPAR Secretariats. It has been developed with funding through the
HELCOM Aliens 2, ALIENS
3 and BALSAM
projects by HELCOM Secretariat and Germany (BSH/Brockmann consult). The further
development of the tool will be supported by the joint task group of the two
commissions on Ballast Water Management, which will follow up the
implementation of the “Harmonised Procedure” in general.
AquaNIS: Information system on Aquatic non-Indigenous species NOBANIS: European Network on Invasive Alien Species DAISIE: Delivering Alien Invasive Species Inventories for Europe Global Invasive Species Set NORSAS: North Sea Alien Species database MarLIN: Marine Life Information Network GB Non-natives Factsheet Editor: GB Non-natives Factsheet Editor WorMS: World Register of Marine Species Taxon Search Marine Species Identification Portal