ALIEN SPECIES

BY KEITH NUTHALL AND MONICA DOBIE
THE EUROPEAN Commission is to tighten rules on ballast management for international shipping to prevent the transport and release of alien species that can deplete the stocks of native species through natural competition.

In a broad strategy to boost the marine environment, Brussels warned that Baltic fisheries were particularly vulnerable to the introduction of alien species, given the sea's low natural biodiversity. The Commission will produce regional detailed ballast management guidelines in 2005, following a ...


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