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Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 101 - 106

An Assimilated Loom on Considerations for Design of a National Action Plan on Ballast Water Management in Iranian Territorial Seas

Peyman Eghtesadi-Araghi    

Abstract: This study reviews the necessary considerations for design of national action plan on ballast water management in Iranian territorial seas. Introduction of harmful aquatics and different kinds of pathogens into the new environments through the ships’ ballast water is one the four greatest threats to the world’s oceans and seas. Therefore, studying the harmful ecological, economic impacts of these organisms entrances into the marine environments and studying the reason(s) of theirs entrances has been observed as a major issue for scientist and international societies’ attention. The purpose of this study is inspecting environmental and ecological impacts of ships’ ballast water discharges into the Southern waters of I.R. Iran seas, which in turn causes the introduction of alien species and finally presenting reasonable and practical solutions for minimizing undesirable impacts and offering solutions for managing, treating and controlling ballast water according to the international conventions, regulations and treaties. Herein, we review the necessary marine ballast management strategies and legislation that have to be implemented nationally and locally. It is recommended that regular and emergency ballast water exchange zones and to be defined in framework of D1-guideline observance and notification on economically important resources, respectively.

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