From Maritime Professional. Published April 24, 2016.
I’ve been covering ballast water and invasive species for a long time; as far back as 2000, actually. In 2002, the Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland told me that “there was no more important issue on the plate of the U.S. Coast Guard.” Industry got to work and over time, as many as 60 different manufacturers had developed a wide variety of technologies to combat the problem of invasive species, of which (at last count), about 50 had been approved by one flag state, classification society, or similar organization. None here in the United States, though. Almost 14 years later, I would argue that little progress has been made on the U.S. regulatory side of the ball.