Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ballast of the Broken Seas

If you're new to the whole ballast water controversy, the Christian Science Monitor just posted a good summary of it on their website. It will give you the background knowledge you need about the environmental concerns of "no ballast on board" ships and get you up to date on the state-level legislation that's slowly being put in place to compensate for a lack of regularion at the federal level.

Bonus points to the CSM for getting a great quote from marine invasives expert James Carlton:

"Considering that there are over 30,000 ships at sea this morning," writes James Carlton, director of the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, in an e-mail, "the total number of organisms and species in this global 'bioflow' on the morning your readers read your piece could be staggering - billions of individuals, and thousands of species."

1 comment:

Ioannis Petrus said...

Hmm I cannot seem to resist: Ballast water issues face Maryland General Assembly! More can be found at http://ipetrus.blogspot.com/2006/10/ballast-water-issues-face-maryland.html