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The 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management met under the banner “Ballast Water Management Convention Photo IMO

Development on BWM highlights - IMO's R&D Forum

.    The participants highlighted the need for further research, in particularly for compliance and monitoring, alternative treatment methods and risk assessment based decision support tools. Mr Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, opened the Forum.  IMO’s Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, stated in his opening remarks that the Ballast Water Management Convention needed to enter into force for effective implementation of its provisions and urged IMO Member States to ratify the Convention. He also highlighted the huge amount of collaborative

Microplastic fragments from the western North Atlantic, collected using a towed plankton net. (Photo: Giora Proskurowski, Sea Education Association (SEA).)

Ocean’s Micro-plastics as Harmful as Plastic Bags -Report

scale, to identify the main sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean and offers improved understanding of the scale of the problem. The assessment suggests that there needs to be a wider awareness of the potential harm that microplastics in the oceans could cause,” said Dr. Stefan Micallef, Director Marine Environment Division, at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Administrative Secretary of GESAMP.    “Even tiny particles, such as those used in cosmetic products or abrasives, could potentially harm marine life if ingested. We need to work globally

London Protocal amendment signing: Photo courtesy of IMO

Marine Geo-engineering to be Regulated

experts or an independent international advisory group of experts.   The amendments will enter into force 60 days after two thirds of the Contracting Parties have deposited an instrument of acceptance of the amendment with IMO. (The London Protocol currently has 43 Parties.) Mr. Stefan Micallef, Director, Marine Environment Division, International Maritime Organization (IMO) commended the adoption of the amendment to regulate the placement of matter for ocean fertilization and other marine geoengineering activities. “This is a true testament to the fact that the London Protocol

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