October 15, 2010

An Initiative to Improve the Health of the St. Lawrence-Great Lakes

Green Marine is pleased to highlight a U.S. initiative designed to improve the health of the St. Lawrence–Great Lakes, in which several Green Marine participants and supporters are also involved. The Great Ships Initiative (GSI) is a collaborative effort designed to address the problem of aquatic invasive species introduced into the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system by ships. The primary means by which this is accomplished is through independent research and the use of environmental technology, financial incentives and consistent basin-wide harbor monitoring. The GSI will also support early and effective implementation of ballast water treatment on ships that visit the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system from abroad by offering financial incentives for early installation, as well as technical assistance for the effective operation of such equipment.

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