18–20 MARCH 2019, London, UK:

COMPLETE presented its ongoing work on Biofouling in the Baltic Sea Region at the GloFouling Project Inception Workshop.

The five-year GloFouling project (2019–2023) that focuses on the protection of marine biodiversity had is three-day kickoff-workshop at IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). GloFouling addresses the introduction of invasive alien species (NIS) via ships’ hulls and other marine structures. COMPLETE Project partners BSH and Chalmers were in attendance at this 1st meeting. They are also strategic partners in GloFouling together with the project partner HELCOM.

Further information can be found here: http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/05-glofouling-taskforce.aspx

4-8 MARCH 2019, Weymouth, Dorset, England: COMPLETE partners will participate in the meetings of the ICES “Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors, WGITMO” and “Introduction and Transfer of Marine Organisms, WGBOSV”, and present and discuss the project progress at international expert level.

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International Association for Open Knowledge on Invasive Alien Species (INVASIVESNET) has opened a survey for documenting the broad range of the key drivers and issues that may impact, over the next three decades, the magnitude, study, and management of introduced species across all five oceans through the collective voices of scientists, managers, conservationists, and other stakeholders around the world. The survey can be found at: Invasivesnet
Gothenburg, Sweden, 13-14 December 2018. The status report of the COMPLETE project was presented at the 9th meeting of the Joint HELCOM/OSPAR Task Group on Ballast Water Management Convention Exemptions (HELCOM/OSPAR TG BALLAST). The COMPLETE project also presented the project output 3.1 “Advanced target species selection criteria”. The proposed selection of TS is based on all pertinent prioritized and ranked values (potential to pose threat to human health, impact on economy, and environment) and on the IMO Guidelines on risk assessment under regulation A-4 (G7). The meeting documents and outcome can be found at:Helcom
COMPLETE partners in December 11-12 are having two day Partner meeting at Chalmers University of Technology (CHALMERS) in Goteborg, Sweden. Partners are discussing project progress in work packages and setting next steps to achieve goals!
A COMPLETE project representative prof. Sergej Olenin presented the COMPLETE project in his lecture “The ballast water management: towards a decision support system for the Baltic Sea region” at an international conference “The Baltic Sea: Gateway or cul de sac ?” (16-18 May 2018, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Klaipėda, Lithuania), which was arranged jointly by the SEFACIL Foundation, Lithuanian Ship Owners Association, Port of Klaipeda and other stakeholders.
COMPLETE project partners prof. Sergej Olenin and prof. Dan Minchin participated in the 10th NEOBIOTA International Conference on Biological Invasions (3-7 September 2018, Dublin, Ireland). At the conference, new directions in invasion biology were presented and discussed, e.g. development and use of databases on non-indigenous species, biofouling management, etc., which are of importance for implementation of COMPLETE.
16-18 October 2018, Puerto Madryn, Argentina. COMPLETE representative prof. Henn Ojaveer participated the 10th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB-X). The conference showcased the most up-to-date international evidence and best practices that can be incorporated into COMPLETE outputs and products.

COMPLETE project partnership was represented at 'Horizon scanning workshop - predicting future invasions to EU seas' organized by EC on 4-5 October in Ispra, Italy. Prof. Henn Ojaveer from University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute, participated this workshop, which aimed to deliver a list of ranked marine invasive alien species that should be of high-priority for risk assessment and possibly future inclusion in the Union list (EU Regulation 1143/2014 on Invasive Alien Species).


26 April 2018. The EU project COMPLETE (Completing management options in the Baltic Sea Region to reduce risk of invasive alien species introduction by shipping) gained flagship project status from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) on 26th of September 2018. This demonstrates the high political relevance of ships’ ballast water and hull fouling management to reduce the risk of introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens. The project’s aim to minimize this risk by the development of user-friendly tools and management options is recognized as essential. The flagship status supports conveying the relevant results and recommendations of the COMPLETE project to the policy level and contributes to ensuring that the project results are used in practice.