International Agencies and Programs
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead Canadian government department responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs in support of Canada's economic, ecological and scientific interests in oceans and inland waters.
Transport Canada's mission is to develop and administer policies, regulations and services for the best transportation system for Canada and Canadians — one that is safe and secure, efficient, affordable, integrated and environmentally friendly.
Australia and New Zealand
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
AQIS is the lead agency for the management of ballast water taken up overseas with the intention of discharge within an Australian port.
Australian Invasive Species Council
Lobbies against invasive species in Australia.
National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS)
This website links to a database on over 80 of the known introduced species in Australian waters, and some information on species yet to be found here. NIMPIS also provides an online, convenient mechanism for members of the public or marine stakeholders to report unusual occurrences.
Biosecurity New Zealand
Biosecurity New Zealand is a division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF). It has the lead role in preventing unwanted pests and diseases from reaching New Zealand, and for controlling, managing or eradicating them should they arrive.
National Centre for Aquatic Biodiversity & Biosecurity (New Zealand)
The New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research established the NCABB to facilitate access to information on freshwater and marine biodiversity and biosecurity.
International Maritime Organization (IMO)
U.N. agency responsible for improving maritime safety, preventing marine pollution, and working for technical cooperation.
Global Ballast Water Management Programme (GloBallast)
International Maritime Organization (IMO) program to help developing countries reduce transfer of species and pathogens in ships' ballast water.
International Association of Independent Tanker Owners.
INTERTANKO represents independent oil and chemical tanker owners.
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea - Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors
ICES is the organization that coordinates and promotes marine research in the North Atlantic.
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