Successful Ballast Water Treatment in Coos Bay

Oregon is making big strides to manage ballast water procedures to limit displacement of known aquatic invasive species. Recently, Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage reported the successful treatment of ballast water with a mobile system called the “Ballast Responder” on board a 350-foot vessel in Coos Bay, Oregon. They successfully treated approximately 4,000 gallons of ballast water on a ship in two days. The treatment came from a mobile water mixing system that was engineered by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service. There were several trial runs to collect data and see the tool’s efficacy, while also creating a practical treatment protocol. The next step will be to test out the system on the Great Lakes this month and then build additional kits in major shipping locations worldwide and in the United States.

The original article was published on June 12, 2018 by Marine Log.
Click here to read the full article.


What is ballast water? 

Ballast water is taken in by vessels and is used to provide stability during transport.

What is the issue with ballast water discharge?

When vessels discharge ballast water, it can result in the movement of organisms to geographic locations where they are not native. These species can then become invasive and outcompete native organisms for resources, where they become a threat to biodiversity and ecological systems, as well as human health and the regional economy.

To learn more about what Oregon is doing to protect it's waters from aquatic invasive species spread by ballast water discharge, check out the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality's Oregon Ballast Water Management Fact Sheet

June 2018 OISC Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who made it to the June 2018 OISC meeting on the southern Oregon Coast - and a special thank you to our hosts at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), the Charleston Marine Life Center, and The Bandon Community Center!

 Day 1 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Day 1 at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

The 2-day event was packed with engaging presentations, group discussions, field trips, and a joint meeting with the Oregon State Weed Board.

A quick recap:

  • We had more than 80 attendees over the 2-day event, representing nearly 40 organizations.

  • Representation included 8 State Agencies, 5 Educational Institutions, 4 Federal Agencies, 3 Tribes, and many others, including city/state elected officials, NGOs, advocacy groups, and individual community members.

  • ...and 3 people tried oysters for the first time!


Day 1: OISC Meeting in Charleston, OR

We learned about and connected with:

  • Marine vectors & ballast water from Rian Hooff at Oregon DEQ (View PDF)

  • Early detection / rapid response programs from Bree Yednock at South South Slough Estuarine Research Center (View PDF)

  • Coastal tourism and partnership opportunities from Miles Phillips at Oregon Sea Grant (View PDF), Dave Lacey at Oregon Coast Visitors Association (View PDF), and Janice Langlinais at Coos Bay - North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau (View PDF

  • Reporting and tracking invasive species using Oregon's Invasive Species Hotline and iMap Invasives from Lindsey Wise at Institute for Natural Resources (View PDF)

  • Biofouling invasions and issues from Glenn Dolphin (2018 OISC Chair) at Oregon State Marine Board (View PDF) and Zofia Knorek at OIMB (View PDF)

  • Coos Watershed Association's education, detection and response (Strike Team!) programs from Ed Hughes (View PDF)

  • Partnerships, planning and data by the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds from Jenni Schmitt at South Slough Reserve and Don Ivy with the Coquille Indian Tribe (View PDF)

  • An active update to the Rocky Shores Management Strategy from Deanna Caracciolo & Andy Lanier at Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (View PDF)

  • Green Crab detections and monitoring from Jenni Schmitt 

  • Whole watershed restoration efforts in the South Slough


Day 2: OISC/OSWB Joint Meeting in Bandon, OR

We learned about and connected with:

  • Feral swine detections in S. Oregon and a new State Action Plan for Feral Swine in the future from J.D. McComas at USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (View PDF)

  • Economic and environmental consequences of Sudden Oak Death from Wyatt Williams at Oregon Department of Forestry (View PDF) & Representative David Brock Smith

  • Forest Service priorities and invasive species projects from Karen Ripley and Ellen Michaels Goheen at US Forest Service (View PDF)

  • Noxious weed control to protect sensitive habitats and endangered plants from Sherri Laier at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

  • Impacts of Gorse and collaborative solutions through the Gorse Action Group from Jim Seeley at Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (View PDF)

  • Opportunities to engage with policy makers from Representative McKeown

  • Collaborative funding strategies

  • Successful early detection and rapid response efforts to control new harmful weeds in partnership with Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon State Parks


Here’s to another successful Council Meeting -- 

We hope to see you at the next one!

Information on past and future meetings can be found on the OISC Meetings page

*Note: The views and opinions expressed in the attached file(s) or link(s) above are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Oregon Invasive Species Council. Please contact the author directly if you have any questions regarding the content.


Upcoming OISC Meeting along the Southern Oregon Coast

As we approach the middle of June, an important event to keep on your radar is the upcoming 2-day OISC meeting happening on June 19th and 20th along the Southern Oregon Coast! Here’s a quick break down of the event:

Day 1 will kick off in Charleston, OR at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and will focus primarily on aquatic invasions. There will be field trips to local sites in the afternoon and a social hour following the meeting.

Day 2 will be a joint meeting with the Oregon State Weed Board (OSWB) in Bandon, OR and will take place at the Bandon Community Center (The Barn). There will also be field trips to local sites in the afternoon.

View/download the OISC meeting agenda  ||  View/download the OSWB meeting agenda


Be sure to keep an eye out for our post-meeting blog entry that will recap the meeting and include topics discussed and thoughtful questions brought forward.




IS in the News: 11 Invasive Species Wreaking Havoc on OR's Environment

The Oregonian recently featured an article that highlights 11 invasive species of concern in Oregon. The article includes a good summary on how they got here, how they impact the environment, and what you can do if you find it. Included on the list is the American Bullfrog, Chinese mitten crab, common snapping turtle, and feral swine. Click here to read the full article

 American bullfrog

American bullfrog

 Feral swine

Feral swine


Original Article Information:
By Kale Williams, Oregonian. Published May 30, 2018

Oregon AIS Inspection Stations: 2018 Year-to-Date Numbers

According to Rick Boatner, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Invasive Species Coordinator and Oregon Invasive Species Council (OISC) Member, inspections in Oregon found two mussel-transporting boats over the May 11-13 weekend, bringing the 2018 year-to-date total to 6.

As of May 15, inspection numbers in Oregon are at 1,665 watercraft at the Central Point station near Ashland, 1,777 watercraft at Ontario, 153 at the recently opened Klamath Falls station, 197 at Gold Beach-Brookings, and 538 at Umatilla. The inspection station in Burns will be open early next month. Oregon has also intercepted 51 boats through mid-May with invasive aquatic plants, mostly Eurasian Watermilfoil.

To learn more about why it's important to Clean, Drain, and Dry all motorized and non-motorized watercraft,
check out our Clean, Drain, Dry Campaign page!

Original Article Information:
By Brad Carlson, Capital Press. Published on May 24, 2018.
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