Ballast water risk assessment: principles, processes and methods
Barry, SC and Hayes, KR and Hewitt, CL and Behrens, HL and Dragsund, E and Bakke, SM (2008) Ballast water risk assessment: principles, processes and methods. International Council for the exploration of the sea, 65 (2). pp. 121-131. ISSN 1015-4744
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Two methods of assessing the risk of species introduction by ballast water are discussed, species-specific and environmental similarity
assessments, each for alignment with four proposed principles of risk-based resource management: (i) society accepts that low risk
scenarios exist; (ii) risk assessment is capable of identifying low risk scenarios; (iii) risk mitigation strategies exist; and (iv) mitigation
costs are less than the cost of performing risk assessment. All four principles were met in some circumstances for both methods.
Species-specific ballast water risk assessment is best suited to situations where the assessment can be restricted to a limited set of
harmful species on journeys within bioregions where ballast water is a small component of natural genetic exchange.
Environmental similarity risk assessment is appropriate for journeys that start and end in locations which have very little or no
natural genetic exchange, such as journeys between non-contiguous bioregions. Because a large number of species are not assessed
individually, environmental match assessments necessarily will be restricted to fundamental variables such as temperature and salinity.
A number of bioregion classifications have been identified in the world’s oceans, some of which at a scale that may be appropriate for
ballast water management. The suitability of any particular classification, however, needs further examination.
Keywords: biological invasions, biological regions, environmental similarity risk assessment, species-specific risk assessment
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|Keywords:||biological invasions, biological regions, environmental similarity risk assessment, species-specific risk assessment.|
|Deposited By:||Ms Jan Daniel|
|Deposited On:||02 Jun 2008 14:32|
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