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Ballast Water Research Symposium




Symposium on Ballast Water Management and Aquatic Nuisance Species:
Setting a Research Agenda for the Great Lakes

8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 29, 1999
Split Rock Room
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, Minn.

The symposium is sponsored by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance
Species and is being held in conjunction with the International Zebra
Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference.

Policymakers, researchers and industry representatives will gather on
Thursday, April 29, 1999 in Duluth, Minn. to assess current approaches
to ballast water management, identify prospective technologies and
establish associated research priorities.   Participants will
collectively assess and identify the technologies and research
approaches with the greatest promise for providing effective and
practicable solutions for preventing new introductions of nonindigenous
aquatic nuisance species via ballast water.  The outcome will be a
detailed ballast water research agenda that addresses gaps and unmet
needs and identifies critical research priorities for the Great Lakes
Basin.  Ultimately, this research agenda will help guide agencies and
organizations that fund, manage or conduct ballast water research.  (An
outline of the symposium program is provided below.)

The research symposium is being held in the same location as the
International Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species Conference.  The
conference’s ballast water presentations, scheduled for Wednesday, April
28, will provide critical background information for Thursday’s research
symposium.  There is no charge for the Thursday ballast water research
symposium and it is open to all conference participants and other
interested parties.

For more information on the ballast water research symposium or to
register, please contact:

Matt Doss
Great Lakes Commission
734-665-9135
mdoss@glc.org

For more information on the International Zebra Mussel and Aquatic
Nuisance Species Conference, including the conference program and online
registration form, please visit the conference web site at
http://www.zebraconf.org/.


Outline of Symposium Program

1)  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Gary Isbell, Chair, Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species
Marc Tuchman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National
Program Office

2)  Current Initiatives in Ballast Water Research

This session will review current ballast water research efforts in the
context of the Binational United States-Canadian Ballast Water Research
Strategy, as adopted by the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance
Species.  Questions for consideration during open discussion of Great
Lakes research priorities will also be posed.

The Binational United States-Canadian Ballast Water Research Strategy: A
Framework for Setting Priorities
Michael J. Donahue, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission

Perspectives on Current Initiatives and Unmet Needs in Ballast Water
Research
Christopher J. Wiley, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

A Challenge to Symposium Participants: Establishing and Meeting our
Research Priorities
Eric Reeves, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)

3)  Setting the Agenda: Ballast Water Research Priorities for the Great
Lakes

Moderator: Michael J. Donahue, Executive Director, Great Lakes
Commission

Through facilitated discussion, participants will reflect on the
perspectives offered by the previous speakers and identify points of
consensus on the following items:

**What specific priorities for Great Lakes-related ballast water
research should be pursued in the context of the Binational United
States-Canadian Ballast Water Research Strategy?  (This may include new
areas of investigation or increased emphasis on current research.)

**How can research, policymaking and funding be better coordinated to
strengthen the collective management effort and hasten development and
application of cost-effective and environmentally sound ballast water
practices?

4)  Assessing Ballast Water Research Needs: Perspectives from the
Research Community

A panel of researchers, all familiar with current research initiatives,
will identify gaps and unmet needs for ballast water research that can
provide effective and practicable solutions for preventing introductions
of nonindigenous aquatic nuisance species into the Great Lakes via
ballast water.

Moderator: Jay Rendall, Exotic Species Coordinator, Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources

Michael G. Parsons, Department of Naval Architecture and Marine
Engineering, University of Michigan
Allegra Cangelosi, Northeast Midwest Institute
(Speaker to be confirmed)

5)  Assessing Ballast Water Research Needs: Perspectives from the User
Community

A panel of research “users” drawn from government, industry and citizen
sectors will identify gaps and unmet needs in ballast water research,
and how research must be applied to advance aquatic nuisance species
prevention and control efforts in the Great Lakes.

Moderator: Rick Harkins, Lake Carriers’ Association

Gary Isbell, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Ivan Lantz, Shipping Federation of Canada
Edward Michaels, Great Lakes United (invited)

6)  Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Summary statement on Great Lakes ballast water research needs and the
next steps we need to take.
Michael J. Donahue, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission

Closing Remarks
Marc Tuchman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National
Program Office
Gary Isbell, Chair, Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species