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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 2 August 2002

The Northeast-Midwest Instituteís Biological Pollution team will be convening a workshop on Ballast Discharge Monitoring Devices to be held at the Western Fisheries Research Centerís Marrowstone Island Field Station on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington from August 12-16. The goal of the workshop is to explore the utility of diverse monitoring systems for ballast treatment evaluation through (1) reviewing and making recommendations of scientific monitoring equipment that can be used to facilitate evaluation and monitoring of ballast water treatment effectiveness; and (2) proposing shipboard protocols for using these systems to measure biological effectiveness of prospective ballast treatments and the residual risk presented by post-treatment water. The workshop will include 15 participants from countries such as the US, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK as well as demonstrations from BD Biosciences, Beckman Coulter, Fluid Imaging Technologies and Meridian Instrument Co. (demonstrating Nikon). Please contact Nicole Mays (202/464-4010) for more information.