A five-day Third Regional Task Force Meeting on the Ratification and Implementation of the IMO Convention on Ballast Water Management (BWM) was held in Panama City, Panama, from 5-9 June 2017. Participants were informed of the present status of the BWM Convention, the current activities and progress being made at the global level, the current status of the Convention in the region and lessons learned from Malaysia, Bahamas, Colombia, Jamaica, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago in their experiences with BWM. The meeting also provided delegates with scientific and technical presentations that addressed marine invasive species in the Caribbean and across the globe, methodologies used in the designation of ballast water exchange zones, and lessons learned from the US Coast Guard (USCG) BWM Program and the US National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse. Delegates agreed on updates to the SAP and steps to be taken towards implementation of the SAP.
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Activity Place: 
Panama City
Monday, June 5, 2017 to Friday, June 9, 2017
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