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Development of a Tool for Verification of Ballast Water Exchange

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS57-03-C-10002
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS57-03-C-10002
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
2201-A 12th Street N
Fargo, ND 58102
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Engebretson
 Senior Scientist
 (701) 237-4908
Business Contact
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Research Institution

Introduction of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) by ballast water poses a significant ecological and economical threat to the United States harbors. Open ocean exchange of ballast water outside the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in waters greater than 2000 meters deep is the primary method used to reduce this threat. To verify that ballast exchange has occurred, the United States Coast Guard needs tools capable of differentiating coastal from oceanic water. A tool that is capable of simultaneously measuring both salinity and dissolved organic matter (DOM) will be developed as part of the proposed research program. These measurements make it possible to clearly distinguish coastal from oceanic water.

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