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Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species to enter into force in 2017

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Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of a key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water.

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017, marking a landmark step towards halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss. Under the Convention’s terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within ballast water and sediments.

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MIB Info Update: Marine Mammals and Underwater Noise

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In response to an article that ran in the daily newspapers Journal de Québec and Journal de Montréal on May 7, 2016, we would like to set a few facts straight regarding underwater noise caused by shipping traffic and its impact on marine mammals. The Marine Information Bureau would like to point out that:

1. No autopsy
As mentioned in the article, no autopsy was carried out on the small whale found beached at Saint-Nicolas on May 1. As a result, it is impossible to know whether this marine mammal’s hearing system was damaged and whether there really is a relation between underwater noise and that fact that it ran ashore.

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