The UN International Marine Organization is working to combat the threat of transferring invasive species to foreign waters through ballast water. New regulations have been introduced to regulate what ships are able to discharge in their ballast water. Ballast water can transfer between 7, 000 and 10, 000 species into foreign waters every day, many of these species are invasive and harmful to this new environment. The Dalhousie Aquatron Laboratory, the only of its kind in Canada, is an indoor test facility which is able to pump water through its system five times faster than other facilities, imitating the ballast flow of large ships. The Aquatron Laboratory is conducting its initial testing of ballast water this month.

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Dal Battles Invasive Marine Life

Dalhousie University unveiled its ballast water treatment test facility. The Aquatron laboratory at Dalhousie is testing ballast water treatment systems manufactured by Trojan UV.  The two have partnered to find solutions for treating ballast water to meet UN standards and prevent the introduction of invasive marine species into foreign water.

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The Center for Oceans Law at the University of Virginia and the Marine & Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie University announce the convening of an international conference on “The Regulation of Continental Shelf Development: Rethinking International Standards” in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 21-22 June 2012.

Leading experts from around the world will consider the state of existing and further need for international regulation of continental shelf activities, focusing in particular on the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons.

For further information, please see the attached announcement or visit the conference website at The deadline for early bird registration is 30 April 2012.

We encourage you to widely share this invitation with your colleagues.

Aldo Chircop
Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University

Myron Nordquist
Professor, Center for Oceans Law, University of Virginia


The Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI) is proud to welcome the first ever IMBER/LOICZ Continental Margins Group Meeting in Halifax, NS from June 18-20, 2012. The meetings will be held at the National Research Council of Canada offices at 1411 Oxford Street, located beside the Dalhousie University campus.

The meeting will be an opportunity for leading oceans researchers to collaborate and discuss challenges facing our continental shelves. In addition to daily working sessions and discussions, there will be a symposium and panel discussion entitled “Continental Margins Linking Ecosystems and Mankind” held on the final day of the conference.

For a complete listing of speakers, the full meeting agenda, as well as useful information about Halifax please refer to full meeting guide here.

For more information, contact Helmuth Thomas, Dalhousie University at

The Halifax Marine Research Institute (HMRI), the region’s collaborative marine research institution, congratulates Irving Shipbuilding on being selected to build the next generation of ships for Canada’s navy. The contract will have a vast economic impact, extending not just to trades and shipbuilding but to research, technology and SME development.

The HMRI and its partners Innovacorp and Nova Scotia Business Inc., are pleased to have supported the value proposition of the winning contract. This has the potential to foster oceans R&D over the next decade, building a lasting legacy in oceans science, technology and industry across the Maritimes and nationwide.

“A new set of programs, established through HMRI and our partners, will enhance oceans research and commercialization, attract new business to the region, support new company development, and train and support both students and highly-qualified personnel at a variety of levels,” said Martha Crago, vice-president research at Dalhousie University, one the HRMI’s founding post-secondary members.

The Maritime region boasts world-class marine research capacity and a strong and growing ocean technology sector. In Nova Scotia alone, ocean-related activity generates $5 billion in revenue and produces 60,000 jobs – 14 per cent of provincial employment. These shipbuilding contracts will enhance innovation, competitiveness and learning in the sector, helping develop new marine technologies and services, expanding opportunities for small business, and bringing more students and skilled workers to work and stay in our region.

The Halifax Marine Research Institute, launched earlier this year during Dalhousie Oceans Week, brokers partnerships among industry, universities, government and private institutions to improve marine science and industry in the region. Irving Shipbuilding is one of the HMRI’s founding industry partners.

Kevin Dunn
HMRI Industry Liaison
Phone: 902-476-0882

Doug Wallace
HMRI Scientific Director
Phone: 902-494-4132, 902-402-3390 (c)