Baltic Marine Environment
Protection Commission


completing management options in the baltic sea region to reduce risk of invasive species introduction by shipping

COMPLETE is an EU INTERREG Baltic Sea Region project aimed at minimizing the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens by shipping through the development of consistent and adaptive management strategies and tools for the Baltic Sea region by addressing both major vectors: ballast water and biofouling.

COMPLETE will deliver knowledge and tools to implement HELCOM’s roadmap for regional implementation of the outstanding issues on the BWMC inthe Baltic Sea  and will also assist relevant authorities in implementing Regulation (EU) No 1143/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, aiming to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services.

The COMPLETE project to run for 3 years (2017-2020) consists of six working packages:

  • WP1 Project Management and Administration
  • WP2 Guidelines for surveillance and monitoring program of non-indigenous species
  • WP3 Ballast water risk assessment and management systems
  • WP4 Evidence-based options for biofouling management in the Baltic Sea Region
  • WP5 Databases and user-friendly information support
  • WP6 Stakeholder involvement and strategy development processes

Project partnership is formed by:

  • Kotka Maritime Research Association (KMRA/FI) (Project Coordinator)
  • Klaipėda University (KU/LT)
  • Helsinki Commission (HELCOM)
  • Finnish Environment Institute, Marine Research Centre (SYKE/FI)
  • University of Gdansk (UG/PL)
  • University of Helsinki, Department of Environmental Sciences (UH/FI)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (CHALMERS/SE)​
  • Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH/DE)
  • South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK/FI)
  • University of Tartu (UTARTU/EE)
  • Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (KAT/FI)
  • Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology​ (LIAE/LV)

Associated organizations represent shipping companies, port authorities, governmental bodies, NGOs, and research institutions from all Baltic Sea countries.

COMPLETE project will held a stakeholder conference in Jurmala (Latvia), 4–5 December 2019. 

1st Announcement

Stakeholder conference portal 

For more information please contact

Ms. Marta Ruiz
Associate Professional Secretary​
Tel: +358 40 6472424
Skype: helcom59

Mr​. Manuel Sala Pérez
Project Researcher (COMPLETE)
Tel: +358 40 167 8611