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Canada

Shipping Act to reduce invasion of Canada's waterways

Exempts the Great Lakes from new protection


Transport Canada last week announced new regulations under the Canada Shipping Act to reduce the introduction of aquatic invasive species and pathogens into Canadian waters through ship ballast water discharges. The regulations, which have been under development since 2000, set new ballast water management requirements for all ships entering waters under Canadian jurisdiction, and represent Canada’s first step towards implementation of the International Maritime


Organization’s Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments.


However, Canada has exempted ships entering the Great Lakes loaded with goods, as well as with the lack of enforceable deadlines for treatment standards.


It is estimated that invasive species currently costs Canada billions of dollars each year.

The economic cost associated with the invasion of just one species, the zebra mussel, has been