Development of a Tool for Verificaton of Ballast Water Exchange

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRS5703C10002
Agency Tracking Number: DTRS5703C10002
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2000
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Dakota Technologies, Inc.
2201-A 12th Street N, Fargo, ND, 58102
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Daniel Engebretson
 (701) 237-4908
Business Contact
 Daniel Engebretson
Phone: (701) 237-4908
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Instruction of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) by ballast water poses a significant ecological and economical threat to United States harbors. Open ocean exchanges 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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