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Title: New report: "Great Ships for the Great Lakes"

The Northeast-Midwest Institute would like to announce the release of a new report:

Great Ships for the Great Lakes:

Commercial Vessels Free Of Invasive Species in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System

A Scoping Report for the Great Ships Initiative

The report provides a fact base, rationale, and preliminary plan for a collective industry-led response to the problem of ship-mediated introductions of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. First, the report details key facets of transoceanic trade on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system (GLSLSS), including the system’s physical features; fiduciary players and transaction chains, including the supply chain and transportation services chain; and the regulatory players, internationally, domestically, and regionally. It also describes the drivers and contextual conditions that influence the nature and extent of transoceanic waterborne transportation in the GLSLSS, i.e., global trade trends and competitors. Second, the report details the ship-mediated biological pollution problem, the state-of-the-art of prevention methodology, and policy options for the Great Lakes region. Third, it describes relevant Environmental Management System models and makes recommendations regarding a systemwide, industry-sponsored response to the invasive species problem. This section projects the economic effects and environmental impact of an industry initiative targeted to resolving problems of ship-mediated introductions into the GLSLSS. The report’s conclusion describes the status of a “Great Ships Initiative”, an industry-led initiative that is emerging from the project, charts the next steps for making the GSI a reality, and makes caveats for ensuring the efforts’ effectiveness.

The report is available for download from the Northeast-Midwest Institute's website: http://www.nemw.org/scopingreport.pdf

Allegra Cangelosi

Senior Policy Analyst, Ecosystem Team

Northeast-Midwest Institute

218 D St. SE

Washington, DC 20003